Adam Sandler’s recent tribute to his friend Chris Farley was a very emotional experience for him.
On Wednesday, Sandler appeared at an awards consideration event in Los Angeles for his “100% Fresh” stand-up special and spoke to director Paul Thomas Anderson about the song.
“Certain parts catch me off guard, singing it. I did it in his hometown, too, in Milwaukee, so a lot of people knew him growing up were there, so that was emotional,” Sandler said, according to IndieWire. “Then when I sang it on ‘Saturday Night Live’, that was amazingly emotional because I just remember hanging out with him there so much, and how he kind of dominated my life there. I loved him so much, and every cameraman, everyone in the studio loved him so much.”
The song was also included as part of the “100% Fresh” special, and Sandler revealed that he actually got permission from Farley’s mother Mary Anne first.
“Mrs. Farley was really happy and said, ‘I love that. I love when anybody talks about Chris, but you really knew him, and that would be very special for my family.’ So I had that in my head when we were recording,” Sandler recalled. “I had some weird pressure in my head. I just wanted to make sure I did it right and did him justice.”
Sandler continued, “I swear to God, [Paul], when I would sing that song, every place I would play would react the same way. They would cheer every time I said the guy’s name. They would go so crazy for him. You just felt the impact of what Farley had on everybody; what he meant to everyone who grew up watching him and his movies. That song was very important to try to do as good as I could do.”