We were given a first look at the new documentary archiving the life of famous comedian Chris Farley yesterday, and its very bitter-sweet. The Saturday Night Live star passed away at the age of 33 due to a drug overdose, a product of his sudden rise to fame which the upcoming film appears to investigate.
Featuring interviews with his fellow SNL cast members such as Mike Myers, Adam Sandler and David Spade – along with other comedians like Bob Odenkirk and Bob Saget – the ‘I Am Chris Farley’ trailer starts off very cheerfully, highlighting all the hilarious characters Farley brought to SNL. Friends and co-stars alike reminisce about the larger-than-life actor and the energy he consistently gave off behind the scenes. But then the trailer takes a more sombre note with SNL veteran Dan Aykryoyd talking about the impact of dealing with the abundance of fame that Farley received in such a small amount of time, as well as the pressure Farley put on himself to constantly be the life of the party.
“Success in show business does not always create the best version of people,” cautions Bob Saget in the trailer.
Directed by accomplished documentarians Brent Hodge (‘A Brony Tale’) and Derik Murray (‘I Am Bruce Lee’), the film takes a touching look at Chris’ early life in Madison, Wisconsin and at Marquette University, while following his rise to fame in the comedy world through both the iconic and never-before-seen footage of his Second City and SNL performances. It also speaks to Farley’s four siblings, including his brother Tom Jr. who wrote Chris’ biography entitled “The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts”.
The documentary is set to premier on Spike TV August 10th.