If you were a kid growing up in the 1990’s, chances are that Chris Farley made you smile at least once.
Starting his career on “Saturday Night Live” and quickly becoming one of the show’s more prominent personalities due to his incongruous kinetic energy coupled with his larger size, Farley created several memorable characters, and had successfully transitioned to a feature film career with appearances in the likes of Wayne’s World, Airheads, Billy Madison, Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and Dirty Work. Farley also had a darker side to his personal life, though, and his indulgence in a fatal drug cocktail ultimately caused him to die at the age of 33.
To anyone that knew him, though, Farley seemed to be a bright spot in the lives of many, even beyond those he touched through his comedic work. That’s where I Am Chris Farley comes into play.
According to Deadline, Virgil Films has picked up the rights to I Am Chris Farley, a documentary focused on the late actor’s life and career. Directed by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray, I Am Chris Farley will attempt to give a better perspective on the man who embodied so many memorable characters during his time on “SNL” and in his films, by talking with the friends and colleagues who knew him best. The film will include interviews with a plethora of people who knew and worked with him, including Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Molly Shannon, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget and — of course, his most recognizable co-star and foil — David Spade.
In 2005, Farley posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition for his work. He was also recently recognized on “Saturday Night Live’s” 40th anniversary special, with actress Melissa McCarthy playing perhaps Farley’s most well-known character from his time on the show: motivational speaker Matt Foley, who lived “in a van down by the river.”
The film is set to premiere on August 10th, and will air on Spike TV. What’s your favorite Farley memory?
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