Chris Farley’s brief life and enduring legacy will be the subject of a new documentary titled I Am Chris Farley. The film will explore the comedian’s fast rise from Saturday Night Live to the silver screen followed by his untimely death at age 33. I Am Chris Farley won’t premiere on Spike TV until August 10th, but the bittersweet first trailer is now available.
“Success in show business does not always create the best version of people,” Bob Saget warns in the film. The film features interviews with many of Farley’s closest peers from his SNL era – Adam Sandler, David Spade, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk – as well as Farley’s own family. I Am Chris Farley is also structured around archival footage of Farley onstage and in character, including his beloved alter ego Matt Foley, which Rolling Stone named as SNL‘s greatest skit ever.
“You can’t walk around being funny all the time. You have to be yourself sometimes, and you have to be alone sometimes,” Odenkirk says. Farley also receives high praise from SNL producer Lorne Michaels, who’s seen firsthand some of the greatest comedic talents of the past two generations up close. “There’s a category of people that I’ve worked with that are infuriatingly talented. As long as they’re in this world, I think you always recognize whatever it is when you see it,” Michaels says. “You’re always drawn to it.”
Following its Spike premiere, the Brent Hodge and Derik Murray-directed I Am Chris Farley will head to VOD on August 11th, Mediaite reports.