Remembering the Late, Great Chris Farley

A new documentary on SNL‘s Chris Farley is just out. The Fix Q&A with the documentary’s directors.

chris-farleyIt has been 18 years since the world lost Saturday Night Live (SNL) funnyman Chris Farley. Now, there’s a movie about him. The documentary, I Am Chris Farley, directed by Derik Murray and Brent Hodge, is a celebration of Farley’s talent.

The film is packed withSNL powerhouses including creator Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Adam Sandler and Jon Lovitz. The cast also includes Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Christina Applegate, Bo Derek, Bob Saget, and Farley’s brothers Kevin, John, Tom, and sister Barbara.

It is eerie that he idolized SNL’s John Belushi and they both died at age 33 from a cocaine-fueled binge. Farley died from mixing in morphine; for Belushi, it was heroin. And both struggled with weight issues. But the main thing they have in common is how much they are missed.

The movie is a love fest filled with madcap stories and bittersweet remembrances. It spends little time on the complexities of Farley’s mind and crippling addictions—alcohol, food, drugs, hookers. The filmmakers and family wanted it that way.

The family was not even looking to make a film about Chris when Murray and Hodge approached them. The filmmaking duo’s previous documentary subjects include Evel Knievel, Bruce Lee, and Steve McQueen. They are currently filming American Rebel: Johnny Cash. Read more “the fix”…


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