True story: When Chris Farley died on December 18, 1997, I was in seventh grade and supposed to do a solo during “We Three Kings” for a big ol’ Christmas pageant at my school. But I couldn’t stop crying. I shuffled around in the hallway, wiping globs of tears away as my classmates stood nearby also shaken up. And why not? We quoted the hearty comic every day at recess, every chance we got during class, and most certainly every afternoon in the lunch room. We worshipped his films and we were scholars of his athletic Saturday Night Live routines. We weren’t alone.
It’s hard to forget those feelings while watching the new trailer for Brent Hodge’s upcoming documentary, I Am Chris Farley. As friends, family, and co-stars like Adam Sandler, David Spade, Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, and Kevin Farley reflect on his legacy, iconic footage from his films, performances, and talk show appearances roll across the screen just begging for your mixed emotions. It’s only two minutes long, which makes you wonder how we’ll ever survive the full documentary without clutching a box of Kleenex and a couple of bear claws.
We’ll find out when the film hits theaters on July 31st, with VOD to follow on August 11th.
In related news, Tommy Boy — arguably Farley’s greatest film of his short resume — turned 20 this past March. We celebrated the anniversary by collecting our thoughts, listing our favorite forgotten quotes, and speaking with director Peter Segal. Revisit that piece here.