For the most part, it sounds like the cast of the original ‘Ghostbusters’ movies are happily handing off the torch to the new generation in Paul Feig’s reboot film, starring Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig. From the original two films, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts and Sigourney Weaver all have cameos in the new picture. Which means, of the surviving main cast members of the original two films from 1986 and 1989, the only one who isn’t in the reboot is Rick Moranis, who played nebbishy Louis Tully.
But it wasn’t for lack of trying. The filmmakers reached out to him, but he simply declined.
This isn’t entirely shocking, considering that Moranis hasn’t appeared in a live action movie in close to two decades, his last being ‘Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves’ in 1997. After his wife Ann died from breast cancer, Moranis left acting to raise his kids, but with those children now grown, Moranis is looking to step back into acting… just not in this.
“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…
“…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?”
To make fans happy? To show support for something which was a major part of his career?
Oh well. Moranis became an unlikely movie star in the 80s, starting off with ‘Strange Brew’ which adapted a popular skit he’d co-created with Dave Thomas for ‘SCTV’ and continuing in ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’, ‘Spaceballs’, ‘Parenthood’ and ‘Honey, I Shrunk The Kids’ and its two sequels.
So here’s hoping he finds new projects that will once again put him on the big (or even small) screen.
Are you sad that Moranis passed on a cameo in the new ‘Ghostbusters’? Or do you respect his choice?
The Moranis-free ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot opens on July 15, 2016.