Chris Farley's comedic talent was like the man himself: loud, brash and energetic. Though his career was tragically short, he is still fondly remembered as one of the greatest physical comedians of his generation. Almost two decades after his death, the trailer to the documentary film "I Am Chris Farley" was released, about a month ahead of its July 31 debut in theaters.
Directed by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray, the documentary will show a mix of home videos from Farley's childhood, clips of some of his most classic "Saturday Night Live" skits, and interviews with those who knew and worked with the beloved comedian, including Adam Sandler, Mike Meyers, Molly Shannon and David Spade.
In 1997, at the young age of 33, Farley was found dead in his apartment from cocaine and morphine overdose. For years, he struggled with substance addiction, and in the final stages of that fight, he had repeatedly sought treatment for obesity and drug abuse. Farley's soaring career — SNL creator Lorne Michaels described him as "infuriatingly talented" in the trailer — was punctuated by his addiction and frequent stints in rehab.
Bob Saget, who was also interviewed for the film, said, "Success in show business does not always create the best version of people."