Chris Farley in Tommy Boy | Image: Paramount Pictures
The new documentary based on the life of Saturday Night Live great and comedian Chris Farley begins showing this Friday. Entitled I Am Chris Farley, the film is directed by Brent Hodge and consists of interviews with many of Farley's SNL and movie costars as well as his family members. Farley's entire life is covered, from his childhood in Madison, Wisconsin until his death by drug overdose at age 33 in 1997.
The movie is guaranteed to be bittersweet, much like the impression this kind, larger-than-life character left in the minds of his friends and costars. As featured in Esquire, here are ten facts about Farley that are presented in the film.
"8. He was surprisingly charitable.
The comedian gave back to his community. Farley was a "true Catholic" and spent a lot of time volunteering at children's hospitals. He believed that any homeless man had the possibility to be Jesus so it was best to help everyone. 'That part of him I don't think people knew,' Lorne Michaels says."