When the highly-anticipated Ghostbusters reboot hits theaters next year, fans will get to see the original stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver in cameo roles, portraying completely different characters. One of the original stars who won't be coming back is Rick Moranis, who hasn't appeared in an on-screen role since 1997's Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. During a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor debunked rumors that he has retired, adding that Paul Feig offered him a cameo in his Ghostbusters reboot, but he wasn't interested.
"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? 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."
Rick Moranis took a hiatus from acting in 1997, after his wife Ann died of breast cancer, to focus on raising his two children. He did lend his voice to animated projects like Disney's 2003 Brother Bear, but the 2006 sequel Brother Bear 2 was the last film or TV project he has worked on. The actor has since kept busy performing for radio commercials airing in Canada and releasing comedy album's like 2013's My Mother's Brisket. He also commented on Hollywood's fascination with sequels and reboots, adding that he will still continue to be very picky when selecting his projects.
"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."
Rick Moranis played Louis "The Keymaster" Tully in the original Ghostbusters and the 1989 sequel Ghostbusters 2. The Ghostbusters reboot managed to add both Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver for cameos just before production wrapped last month, but for fans hoping for Louis Tully's return, sadly that will not happen. Would you like to see Rick Moranis come back to the big screen after an 18-year hiatus?