Why Rick Moranis Turned Down a Role in the ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot

By October 7, 2015

Say what you will about it, but it certainly seems like Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot is going to be playing on audiences’ nostalgia in some big ways. After bringing Bill Murray into the film in an important role, the all-female reboot has since been making waves as more and more of the cast members from the original two films have been cast in cameo roles including Ernie Hudson, Dan Akyroyd, Sigourney Weaver, and more.

However, there has been one prominent cast member that hasn’t been announced yet, and that’s Rick Moranis. The onscreen comedy legend played Louis Tully in the film, a nervous and socially awkward neighbor of Dana Barrett (Weaver), who along with Dana, gets possessed by a demon named Vinz Clortho, a.k.a. “The Keymaster”. For those of you out there hoping to see Moranis back for the reboot too, it looks like you’re about to be disappointed.

In recent interview with THR, Moranis revealed that he was asked to return for a walk-on role in the film, but turned it down. Read his full quote below on why he wasn’t interested in coming back for the reboot:

“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?”

Moranis went on to reveal that unlike most reports, he’s not actually retired, as much as he’s just waiting for a role that actually interests him to come along again. Unfortunately for the Ghostbusters reboot, his cameo just wasn’t it.

“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.”

For those of you that don’t know though, Moranis was a comedy star for many, many years before he seemingly left the industry after his wife, Ann, passed away in 1997 from breast cancer, and in order to fully take care of his kids by himself, that meant not leaving to go and shoot a movie. While he’s done a few, rare voice over roles here and there since then, Moranis has all but disappeared from the modern day silver screen. For the veteran actor though, it doesn’t look like he would have done it any differently:

“I was working with really interesting people, wonderful people. I went from that to being at home with a couple of little kids, which is a very different lifestyle. But it was important to me. I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever. My life is wonderful.”

Personally, as someone who is extremely skeptical of the Ghostbusters reboot, I’m kinda glad that Moranis isn’t coming back for a cameo. I think that having so many of the original cast members in cameo roles might actually end up hurting the film more than helping it, and it’ll be interesting to see how fans react to Bill Murray not playing Peter Venkman in the movie.

I’ve voiced my many concerns with this Ghostbusters reboot before, so I won’t do it again. I’m honestly hoping it surpasses my expectations, but for right now, I just cannot get excited for it. So Rick Moranis not coming back for a small, walk-on cameo role doesn’t really affect me all that much. In fact, I’d probably be a little be angry if the first time I see him back on the silver screen in almost twenty years, would be for a cameo in a reboot of one of his most famous movies. Besides, I’m still holding out hope that Moranis will return for the rumored Spaceballs sequel, if it ever happens. Now that, I’d be okay with.

The Ghostbusters reboot is set to hit theatres on July 15th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable