Why Rick Moranis Turned Down the ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot

In a rare interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rick Moranis reveled why he turned down a role in Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot staring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.


“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?”

Original ‘Ghostbusters’ stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver have all reportedly signed on for cameos in the new film but they just couldn’t peak the interest of Moranis. Rick Moranis took an 18-year hiatus from acting to raise his two young children after his wife died in 1997, leaving a noticeable void in the comedy genre. The good news for long time fans of the comedian and actor is that he’s not retired, just picky.

“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.”

From the sound of it we’ll see Moranis again. Just as soon as the right project falls in his lap. I would love to see Rick Moranis back on the big screen but waiting for the right project is a smart choice, especially when mounting a comeback. I hope it happens for him soon but the fact that he’s so careful makes me believe that when it finally does happen it will be everything you’d hope for.

Paul Feig’s ‘Ghostbusters’ comes out in theaters July 15, 2016.