– by Joseph Jammer Medina


It’s been a while, but actor Rick Moranis is back in the news. The actor, who had a very successful run through the 80s and early 90s, starring in films like The Little Shop of HorrorsGhostbusters I IISpaceballs, and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids has been out of the limelight for quite some time. While the popular theory is that he retired from acting to raise his children after his wife died from breast cancer, the actor has now come out to explain that he’s not retired. He’s just picky.

Now that his kids are grown up, Moranis is open to returning to the big screen. He just needs to find the right vehicle for his talents before he’s ready to make a big splash again. The funny thing is, he’s never truly “left” the business. He’s been around here and there, providing voice work for various small projects over the years. Because of this, some thought he would join in on the cavalcade of cameos that are taking place in the new Ghostbusters reboot. After all, most of the surviving members of the original cast are making appearances in Paul Feig’s revival of the property- so why wouldn’t he?

Well, as it turns out, he wouldn’t and he won’t. The question of “Why?” generated enough buzz that Moranis felt compelled to have a talk with The Hollywood Reporter to explain where he’s at in this point of his career and why the proposed cameo simply didn’t “make sense to” him.

“I wish them well. I hope it’s terrific. But it just makes no sense to me. Why would I do just one day of shooting on something I did 30 years ago?”

On his supposed “retirement”:

“I took a break, which turned into a longer break. But I’m interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role, and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I’ll probably do it. [But Ghostbusters] didn’t appeal to me.”

In closing, on both his career and on Ghostbusters:

“It’s hard to come up with original material. Occasionally, they get it right or else they wouldn’t attempt to do these things. I’m surprised that Disney hasn’t done ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Grandkids.’ But I’m happy with the things I said yes to, and I’m very happy with the many things I’ve said no to. Yes, I am picky, and I’ll continue to be picky. Picky has worked for me.

What do you think? Did he make the right call? Or do you wish he’d join the likes of Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts in their cameos when we see the new Ghostbusters next year?


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.