Rick Moranis rejected role in Ghostbusters reboot

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 October 2015
Rick Moranis

Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters II

Comedy star Rick Moranis has revealed he declined the chance to appear in the 'Ghostbusters' reboot

Rick Moranis rejected the chance to appear in the 'Ghostbusters' reboot.

The 62-year-old actor - who is currently enjoying an extended break from the movie industry - has revealed he was offered the opportunity to star in the much-discussed reboot of the sci-fi franchise, but opted against the idea because it "didn't appeal".

Rick - who starred in the two earlier movies, in 1984 and 1989 - shared: "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 was a big Hollywood star in the 80s and 90s, appearing in a string of hit films such as 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' and 'The Flintstones', but decided to instead concentrate on raising his two young children following the death of his wife.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: "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."


  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Paul Feig
  • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon
  • UK release: 11 July 2016

Physicist Erin (Wiig) finds herself teaming up with estranged high school pal Abby (McCarthy) and her eccentric engineer Jillian (McKinnon) in search of ghosts. Marred only by excessive reverence for the original, it's a spirited, funny and touching reboot which sticks two fingers up at sexist trolls.