Nothing is more infuriating than the untimely deaths of people who make you laugh. John Belushi. John Candy. Phil Hartman. Robin Williams. A new documentary by Spike takes a look at another one of these comedic gems, the life and death of the explosive personality that was Chris Farley, one of the funniest comedians to ever hail from that elite squad of comics who made their fame via their work on Saturday Night Live.
Clips of the comedian’s best work from SNL and movies like Tommy Boy and Coneheads are interspersed with interviews of Farley’s friends and family in I Am Chris Farley, giving us some insight into what made this guy tick, including those who knew him the best: David Spade, Dan Aykroyd, Lorne Michaels, Adam Sandler, Jay Mohr, Bob Odenkirk, Molly Shannon, Tom Arnold, and his brother Kevin.
Farley followed in the footsteps of two of his own idols, Belushi and Candy, dying too early at the age of 33 back in 1997 from a drug overdose. What can we learn from Farley’s death? What pressure was Farley under, and how did such a quick rise in fame cause Farley to fall just as fast? Could anyone have helped him along the way? Here’s the trailer for the new documentary I Am Chris Farley:
I Am Chris Farley is in select theaters nationwide July 31, 2015, and will also become available on Video On Demand on August 11.