Virgil Films to Produce a Documentary on Chris Farley

By May 29, 2015

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 WorldAirheadsBilly MadisonTommy BoyBlack 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.

Farley as "Matt Foley" from an episode of "Saturday Night Live."

Farley as “Matt Foley” from an episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

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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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • tommymadden3

    Farley filled my boring childhood days into smiles and giggles, have much respect for this dude <3

  • Jane Keating

    Chris Farley Is the man!! can’t wait to watch this! 🙂

  • Daniel

    Chris made me smile much more than once, probably more like 500 – 1,000 times 😉 A true TV legend!