The documentary in question is I Am Chris Farley, from filmmakers Brent Hodge and Derik Murray (directors of A Brony Tale and I Am Evel Knievel). I Am Chris Farley aims to tell the full story behind Farley’s life, from his early days through to his run at Chicago’s Second City Theatre and subsequent stardom. It will also feature interviews with a number of the late actor’s SNL co-stars, including David Spade, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers and others.
Scheduled for release in “key markets” this summer, the film will later make its television debut on Spike TV on August 10th (and shall be made available on VOD soon thereafter).
I've been reading about this the past couple of months, and heard on the radio this morning about the 8/10 showing on Spike. At least it's not the Monday before or after Summerslam. I'm looking forward to this.
*channels Eddie Murphy* CHRIS FARLEY WAS A COMEDIC GENIUS!
#2 Posted on 11.8.15 0805.27 Reposted on: 11.8.22 0829.01
Having read "The Chris Farley Show" and watched the "SNL Best of Chris Farley" DVD, there was really nothing new here at all. There was one sketch with Bob Saget and Adam Sandler that I had never seen, but that's it.
It was weird watching the Chippendales sketch with no music. They must have not been able to use the Loverboy song.
It was uncomfortable watching his Letterman appearance, as his whole body was trembling from nerves.
They really glossed over the drug and alcohol abuse. Someone mentioned him going to rehab 17 times. Maybe that's not the story they were trying to tell, but addiction was a pretty major part of his life and story.
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#3 Posted on 11.8.15 0837.41 Reposted on: 11.8.22 0838.51
Originally posted by dwatersThey really glossed over the drug and alcohol abuse. Someone mentioned him going to rehab 17 times. Maybe that's not the story they were trying to tell, but addiction was a pretty major part of his life and story.
I haven't watched this yet, but that's what I was afraid of. I understand the reasoning, but I don't agree with it. If he's a hero to someone, there's a better than average probability that that person already knows about his history of abuse. I know that they don't want him to be defined only as an addict, but he wouldn't be. His body of work more than speaks for itself and clearly shows his talent and creativity. The fact that he was an addict does nothing to diminish that. I don't need to know the sordid details but, IMO, his huge successes despite his personal failings make his career that much more remarkable. I prefer the "warts and all" biographies that happen far too infrequently.
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#4 Posted on 11.8.15 0840.04 Reposted on: 11.8.22 0844.46
It really was amazing how his rugby teammate said: "We were an alcohol-fueled group." All while they were showing pix of him from his svelte high school playing days to standing beside the keg and his jowls were already forming.
Also, I never knew he named his characters after his friends. Matt Foley is a priest!
#5 Posted on 11.8.15 1017.28 Reposted on: 11.8.22 1029.02
Originally posted by Stefonics I don't need to know the sordid details but, IMO, his huge successes despite his personal failings make his career that much more remarkable. I prefer the "warts and all" biographies that happen far too infrequently.
Yes. The book was much more real. I liked (the book's) stories of him walking into meetings naked and taking a dump out the window of 30 Rock. They showed how desperate he was to be "the funny guy" and how sad it was that he didn't really have a way to turn it off.
Farley falling on his face reminds me a little of Mick Foley taking unprotected chairshots. His peers admire him, but also are like, "...dude, too much."