There's some real interesting tid-bits about his career. It's real depressing to read about his endless struggle with his addictions. But it was even mo...moreThere's some real interesting tid-bits about his career. It's real depressing to read about his endless struggle with his addictions. But it was even more interesting to see his relationship with his 600 pound father and how he lived to please him. They were never able to acknowledge their problems with drinking and eating. Another thing that took me aback was how deeply religious Chris Farley was. You would never have known that.
He comes across as basically the nicest guy in the world, but his addictions made it hard for his friends. It took too much out of them. It was a long downward spiral.
He never reached the success he should have had, as Chevy Chase so bluntly put it and told Farley. That when he died of an overdose, he'd be just a 'blip' basically and that he wasn't John Belushi (the comparisons were always there). John was a force of nature and confrontational with people. Chris wasn't. He was naive and innocent, in a real genuine way.
It would have been real interesting to see him as Shrek and David Mamet's Fatty Arbuckle biopic that he was trying for.
And it really sucked to read about the whole Black Sheep fiasco and why his movies were not that good. He got dicked around with having to make a movie for Paramount (I believe) and essentially making a sequel to Tommy Boy (Black Sheep copies the same formula, storyline as Tommy Boy basically).
Even though critics panned Tommy Boy, I love that movie to death. They call it a 'minor classic' and I agree. Anytime it comes on TV, I watch it. Chris Farley had that charm.
It's a worthwhile read if you're a fan of Chris Farley, I'd say. I was expecting more laughs. Jay Mohr's book "Gasping for Airtime" has some hilarious Farley stories that actually top what was said in this book, really. So yeah, I was hoping for some more funny bits. The one glaring omission is Adam Sandler. I don't know why he wasn't involved, but it stuck out like a sore thumb that he wasn't there when everybody else was.(less)
I really like Saturday Night Live. Plus, I just imagine it's THE place to be for comedy, which I'm very interested in, since that's sort of what I want...moreI really like Saturday Night Live. Plus, I just imagine it's THE place to be for comedy, which I'm very interested in, since that's sort of what I want to do. But this just seems like the most intimidating place to be given its history. It's just the most groundbreaking show for comedy that I can think of.
Anyways, I liked this and thought it was interesting...but still, it's Jay Mohr telling the story! He's not exactly the best candidate for some dude you'd like to hear telling the behind-the-scenes story. If it was a bigger name, this would probably be more widely read.
But the stories in this are hilarious. Any of the stories with Chris Farley are gems and it just makes you miss him that much more. Specifically, there's one with Charlton Heston where they're doing a Planet of the Apes sketch and he whips his dingy out and starts playing with it. And Heston yells at him to put his dick away. Way too good to be true.
There's some interesting bits... Mike Myers would write on the floor since he didn't even have an office. This is just hard to imagine.
But yeah, I'm reading SATURDAY NIGHT right now which is more insightful with it. But it covers basically the first decade of the show.(less)
Yeah, I'm writing a paper on this right now. I really dig Arthur Miller. I still find it hard to imagine how he got with Marilyn Monroe...what big-time...moreYeah, I'm writing a paper on this right now. I really dig Arthur Miller. I still find it hard to imagine how he got with Marilyn Monroe...what big-time actress would get with a writer these days? I mean, she got with JFK (supposedly) and Joe DiMaggio (definitely) and probably his brother Dom, for all I know. But seriously...she gets with a writer? What the hell? I don't think she starred in any of his plays, right? She's a movie star, not a theatre nerd. So what gives, Marilyn? What gives?
I want to see the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode so badly where Richard Lewis calls Larry David out when he takes a job at a used car shop: "Who are you? Willy Loman?"(less)
It's hard for me to like a movie better than the book...but...I absolutely liked the movie way better than the book.
I think it's more suitable for a m...moreIt's hard for me to like a movie better than the book...but...I absolutely liked the movie way better than the book.
I think it's more suitable for a movie than a book. Which is funny to think about, since it's hard to imagine ON THE ROAD being a good movie, but it possibly could be. You just have to catch the spirit behind that, I'd say. And this is basically a failed On the Road.(less)
I'm a sucker for zombies. But this comic series (still ongoing with no signs of stopping) is designed to be a zombie movie that never ends. So I'm hooke...moreI'm a sucker for zombies. But this comic series (still ongoing with no signs of stopping) is designed to be a zombie movie that never ends. So I'm hooked obviously.
I'm surprised a zombie TV show hasn't been made. How many zombie movies are there? It's basically a genre unto itself. It would be a cult hit; a huge cult at that.
I really should be a TV executive.
All the art is done in black and white, which definitely adds to the mood real well.(less)