Raise your hand if you are praying for a Rick Moranis comeback!
Yeah, me too.
Rick Moranis was recently approached to appear in a cameo in Paul Feig's Ghostbusters, but he turned it down.
"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?"
Rick Moranis is such a class act that a one-day shoot wouldn't be fulfilling enough as an audience member. We don't just want him in a cameo... we want him in his full-blown glory with a truly rich role.
After this initial interview, The Hollywood Reporter noticed that audiences wanted more, more, more of Moranis. So they released another article complete with an expanded interview, as the first clearly didn't satisfy the Moranis cravings we were so painfully feeling.
Why Did He Leave Hollywood?
Just a little recap:
Moranis's wife passed away from breast cancer in 1997, and Moranis decided to focus more on raising his two children.
"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."
Contrary to popular belief, Moranis is in fact NOT retired. While he hasn't exactly been onscreen for the past 20 years, he has still been busy in ways we haven't been aware of.
Moranis felt the need to gradually withdraw from the industry.
"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 what has he been up to since? In 2003, Moranis lent his voice for the character Rutt in Disney's Brother Bear. He's also been doing radio commercials, writing for The New York Times, and releasing a few comedy albums.
In his extended interview, he shared some secret tidbits about some of his most popular films.
Behind-the-Scenes of 'Little Shop of Horrors'
The man-eating alien plant Audrey was not done by CGI. As the plant grew bigger, so did the crew needed to make it function.
"It took 55 puppeteers all working simultaneously to work the final iteration of the plant. The only way to accomplish it was to slow down the music by a third. When I was on camera with the plant, I also had to slow down my lip syncing and movement by a third."
Moranis Has a Special Place in His Heart for the Character Seymour
While Moranis enjoyed all the films he's acted in, he definitely feels something different with Little Shop of Horrors.
"I’m the luckiest guy to get that. It was timing, and I fit the right type. It was an amazing experience. One of the greatest moments of my life was shooting that thing."
Behind-the-Scenes of 'Spaceballs'
"In the original script the description of the character was that the whole costume was one gigantic helmet. Then it got scaled back to just an exaggerated version of the Darth Vader helmet. It was very light — actually took one prop guy to maneuver it. Where's it now? The Smithsonian?"
Dirty Jokes Were Improvised
Dark Helmet's erotic doll play scene was actually unscripted, so he improved "your helmet is so big!" on the spot.
"What I remember is not feeling that well that day. I think I had a fever. I wasn't at the top of my game, but somehow was able to come up with that. George was so fantastic in that scene. His performance makes the movie. The intensity he creates is what allowed me to be as broad as I needed to be walking around in that outfit."
We will be patient and ready for you, Mr. Moranis. We want you back in Hollywood, and we respect your wish to be incredibly picky.
But let's not let another 20 years go by. We want you in the spotlight as soon as possible, Rick!