If you grew up in the ’90s, chances are you watched Chris Farley in a string of comedies (Tommy Boy, Black Sheep), or on weekends thanks to his work on Saturday Night Live. On the late-night comedy show, he pretty much eternalized Chippendale dance moves alongside Patrick Swayze and etched “Da Bears” and “Da Bulls” into Chicago sports nomenclature as the “SuperFan.”
So when the world learned that Farley had died on Dec. 18, 1997 from a drug overdose (coupled with advanced heart disease), many of us were shocked. Here was someone who was considered to be at the top of his comedic game — a working legend, according to many — dead at 33 years old. He died at the same age as John Belushi, who died of an accidental drug overdose back in 1982.
Farley might be gone, but his memory is far from forgotten. As is showcased in the new trailer for the upcoming documentary about his life, I Am Chris Farley, the comedian had a lot of friends who still remember him fondly. The video, below, features some obvious actors like David Spade and Adam Sandler, who worked frequently with Farley before his untimely death. Lorne Michaels, the Canadian creator of SNL, is also featured in the trailer alongside former writer Bob Odenkirk, who is now more famously known as Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
“Success in showbiz does not always create the best version of people,” Bob Saget says at one interval, referring to the darker side of Farley and his addiction.
“You can’t walk around being funny all the time,” Odenkirk adds. “You have to be yourself sometimes.”
Watch for many more famous faces like Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers and Molly Shannon, as they remember Farley in the trailer below. Their memories, along with the footage of Farley while he was in his prime, are bound to make you tear up a little. Which means we should all probably start bracing ourselves for the documentary when it debuts later this summer.
David Spade, Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Lorne Michaels, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and more reflect on the comedian’s life and legacy in I Am Chris Farley.
Posted by BuzzFeed Entertainment on Monday, June 29, 2015