by: S. Scott Stanikmas
It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Rick Moranis on the big or small screen. The now 62-year-old actor took a break in 1997 after his wife tragically passed away from breast cancer, opting to be a good dad and stay with his kids. That doesn’t mean Moranis has given up on the acting game all together, though.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Moranis talked about why he’s stayed away for so long and what could possibly bring him back:
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. It wasn’t a formal decision. It began in an already busy year where I declined a film that was being shot out of town as the school year was beginning. But I was fortunate to be able to continue to make a living writing and doing voice work in Manhattan.
So it’s not that he shunned acting – he just wants to find the right part.
Thankfully that right part wasn’t in Paul Feig’s Ghosybusters film. Apparently he was approached to cameo in the female-centric reboot but didn’t see the point in his involvement:
[But Ghostbusters] didn’t appeal to me. 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?
If only the rest of the original cast followed Moranis’ logic…
Fans should be happy that Moranis has found happiness in his life. If he never came back to the acting world he at least left a body of work that was entertaining and (for the most part) funny.
But there’s always hope for one more movie, right?
2 thoughts on “Rick Moranis Turned Down ‘Ghostbusters’ Cameo But is Still Open to Acting”
Good for him, he stills has his standards.
And what an awesome dude to quit his profession to take care of his kids. That is what a real man is.’
At least one of them does. Couldn’t agree more, It was a great sacrifice he made for his family.