Chris Farley Documentary Unveils the Late Comedian's Complex Struggles

by Raphael Chestang 5:29 PM PDT, July 10, 2015
Playing Chris Farley Documentary Unveils the Late Comedian's Complex Struggles

Chris Farley's friends and co-stars are telling his story 17 years after an accidental overdose took his life at the age of 33, sharing a more personal side of the late comedian in the documentary I Am Chris Farley.

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"He had weight issues, addiction issues. It's complex," said co-director Brent Hodge. "There's a lot more to it I think with Chris Farley."

ET was with Chris from the very start of his career until the tragic end. When he first got cast on Saturday Night Live in 1990, the comedian told us the job was a dream "because it was something he'd wanted to accomplish since he was a "little punk" watching the NBC sketch show.

In the comedian's last ET interview he opened up about how much it drained him to meet fans on the street who wanted him to be the same loud character that he appeared to be on TV.

"I'm learning now to be able to talk to people without having to perform -- to talk like a normal person," Farley said at the time. "That's really the way I am."

As much as Farley loved his career, he knew that there was more to life than just his craft and he was looking to explore the other aspects of life during his final months.

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"I love being on stage and being in front of people, but I never separated the two -- from the stage to real life," Farley said. "I think now, as I'm getting later on in years -- 32 -- I'd like to get married and have kids one day."

"He gave everything of himself to what he loved and that was to make people laugh," producer and co-director Derik Murray said.

I Am Chris Farley, featuring interviews from Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Molly Shannon, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, David Spade and Christina Applegate opens July 27. The documentary heads to Spike TV on August 10.