Per A 2016 article from UproxxDavid Spade knew that the final decision on whether he was the “Black Sheep” was for the chase. not very dynamic (but funny) duo It was done, he had it. If he liked the script and was willing to do the project, Spade could have negotiated a much higher rate for himself, and screenwriter Fred Wolf could have collaborated. He did extra work polishing the final script for “Tommy Boy” and was hired to write the script for “Black Sheep.”
According to Spade’s autobiography “Almost Interesting” apparently he actually liked the script (even though he later hated his last iteration). “I read it that night and realized it wasn’t perfect but it had a funny movie in it,” she wrote. “I thought we could work with Fred, pepper our extra jokes and everything would be alright.”
All didn’t work well.
The movie tried to copy the magic that made “Tommy Boy” so great, but apparently didn’t really understand what made the movie work in the first place. He did more and made it bigger, louder and more obnoxious (it wasn’t) under the assumption that audiences loved the first movie because of it. At the end of the day, this was a missed opportunity and Chris Farley missed a potentially explosive moment in his career.