The Spike TV premiere of the film about the late comedian triggers emotional social media reaction
I Am Chris Farley from directors Brent Hodge and Derik Murray opened in theaters late last month. But it wasn't until the documentary hit TV that reaction exploded on Twitter.
Within hours of the film's debut Monday on Spike TV, Twitter recorded more than 18,000 Tweets under the hashtag #IAmChrisFarley.
Many Tweets reflected an emotional reaction to the film, which contains interviews with Farley's family members, as well as cast members from Saturday Night Live including including Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Jon Lovitz and David Spade, Farley's co-star in Black Sheep (1996) and Tommy Boy (1995).
Fredy Ramos Tweeted, "This doc is so good but dang, makes me so sad that he's no longer with us."
Fellow comedian Will Sasso, who appears in the documentary, Tweeted, "Impossible to put into words the happiness Chris Farley brought to millions."
Daniel Fenton wrote the film "is incredibly touching, such a shame he died so young."
A drug overdose took Farley's life in 1997, at the age of 33.
Spike TV will re-air the Farley documentary on Thursday night at 8pm.
Here are a selection of Tweets reacting to Monday's broadcast.
Matthew Carey is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. His work has appeared on CNN, CNN.com, TheWrap.com, NBCNews.com and Documentary.org.