Spade Chats With Playboy About Farley

Former "Saturday Night Live" cast member David Spade, known for playing sarcastic, supercilious wise-guys, is not quite so aloof and cold-hearted in real life.

Fifteen months after the drug overdose death of screen buddy Chris Farley, Spade says he sought the comfort of fellow comedians Adam Sandler and Chris Rock instead of going to Farley's funeral.

"Going to the funeral would have been too hard; so much grief and emotion,'' he said in an interview in the latest edition of Playboy magazine, which hits the newsstands April 5. "Just talking to Sandler on the phone I'd well up thinking about all three of us. To actually see all those people, to be in Wisconsin where everything would remind me of Farley -- I'd have been overcome. I was too fragile. I didn't want to deal with it. It was kind of selfish, but who cares?"

Spade, the 34-year-old star of NBC's "Just Shoot Me," worked with Farley on "SNL" from 1990-1995, and co-starred with him in the movies "Tommy Boy" and "Black Sheep." He still finds it difficult to realize that his friend is no longer around.

"I still want to call him if I hear something funny or something that would piss him off, or if I see a girl I know he would die for, or a script that would be great for us to do."

Spade says he and Farley had talked about reuniting for a twisted "Hardy Boys"-type detective comedy shortly before the rotund funnyman died of a drug overdose in 1997. The two had spoke of making a goofy detective comedy as a way of recapturing the success of their 1995 slapstick hit "Tommy Boy."

"It's the most proud I've been of anything, and people want to talk about it all the time," Spade says of "Tommy Boy." "It hit on all levels. It was basically about me and Chris being friends."

Spade says he tried to talk Farley into slowing down his frenetic life of drugs and alcohol. "I'm not being callous, but I knew I was helpless. Some of the idiot people he was around got on my nerves. Half the time he partied with fans he'd meet at a bar because they were the only ones who would stay up until 4 am on a workday. I much preferred hanging with Chris alone.

"I tried to give him the old 'It's not worth it' and 'Come on, you shouldn't be partying so much.' He would always sit and listen to the lectures. He'd nod and agree. I thought I was so smart and that I'd articulated my case well, then he'd turn around and do whatever he wanted. I realize he played me."

Spade told Playboy how he reacted to the death of another "SNL" alumnus, Phil Hartman, who was shot by his wife last summer.

"When Phil Hartman died I just pretended it hadn't happened. I didn't even know how to deal with that. It came too quickly on the heels of Farley and it surprised me how numb I got. I deflected it like Teflon."

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