Happy Birthday To Chris Farley And Happy 20th Anniversary To ‘Black Sheep’
Comedic legend Chris Farley would be 52 years old today, and one of the most underrated comedies of the deceased “SNL” great, “Black Sheep,” turned 20 earlier this month. The film was released on February 2, 1996, less than two years before Farley tragically died. In honor of both, let’s enjoy some highlights, funny photos, fun facts and other “Black Sheep” moments and pay tribute to one of comedy’s biggest and brightest black sheep. Happy birthday, Chris Farley!
Fun Fact #1: The old car from “Tommy Boy” is parked out front of the rec center where Mike Donnelly (Farley) works in “Black Sheep.”
Fun Fact #2: Farley uses the same football play, the 32-Belly Option, when he hikes the football at the rec center in “Black Sheep” as he did cow-tipping in “Tommy Boy” with Rob Lowe.
Fun Fact #3: This is one of only three movies that iconic film critic Gene Siskel walked out on. It has a hilariously rotten score on Rotten Tomatoes, as well — a measly 28 percent. But then again, “Tommy Boy” is only 44 percent on there, so screw Rotten Tomatoes.
Fun Fact #4: A bulk of the script was written hours before the deadline, given to Farley 15 minutes before he could contractually pull out. He “wasn’t crazy” about it, but agreed based on David Spade’s involvement. This was the last film the two did together.
Fun Fact #5: Gary Busey is in it.
Fun Fact #6: The bright lights and constant sunlight from shooting much of “Black Sheep” outdoors gave David Spade permanent eye damage.
Fun Fact #7: The security guards at “Rock the Vote” where Farley screams “Kill Whitey!” on stage are both of his brothers, John and Kevin Farley.
Fun Fact #8: There is absolutely no way Mike Donnelly could have gotten stuck in the voting booth in this scene below, but Farley is at his best when he’s freaking out and being a hilarious maniac. So we get it.