Actor Rick Moranis makes a very rare public appearance in a new Disney Plus documentary series, 23 years after retiring from the spotlight.
Moranis, now 67, has starred in some of the greatest family comedies and movies of the 80s and 90s, including Honey, I shrunk the kids, Spaceballs, Ghostbusters and The Flintstones.
But in 1997, Moranis turned his back on Hollywood and has rarely been seen on screen since, instead doing occasional vocal work for series and animated films.
In a new episode of the Disney Plus Disney Prop Culture series entirely dedicated to the 1989 hit Honey, I reduced the kids, Moranis talks about his memories of the film, which spawned two other sequels in the 1990s.
Although Moranis did not move away from Hollywood until 1997, his retirement as an actor dates back to 1991, when his wife died of breast cancer, leaving him to raise their two young children as a single parent.
He and costume designer Ann Belsky had only been married for five years when she died at the age of 34. He never remarried.
“I pulled out of the movies around 96 or 97,” the actor told USA Today in 2005.
“I am a single parent, and I have just discovered that it was too difficult to manage the education of my children and the displacements related to the realization of films.
“So I took a short break. And the little break turned into a longer break, and then I found out that I really hadn’t missed it. “
In a 2013 interview, Moranis reflected on his decision to focus on the family, saying that he realized it was a source of fascination for fans.
“The decision in my case to become a stay-at-home dad, which people do all the time, I guess it wouldn’t have made as much sense to people if I had had a very simple existence for a living . and I decided I should spend more time at home, “said Moranis in a podcast titled Bullseye with Jesse Thorn.
“No one would care, but because I came from stardom and stardom and what was at the top of a career, it intrigued people. For me, it was not that. I had nothing to do with it. It was work and it was just time to make an adjustment. “
In this interview, Moranis admitted that there were certain things he was missing in Hollywood life.
“I missed people and I missed the very refreshing nature of doing something radically different every day,” he said in the podcast.
“Raising children and being a stay-at-home parent, especially a single parent … there is a lot of similarity. It’s a very different kind of life than being on set with [Dan] Aykroyd and [Bill] Murray and Steve Martin. So I missed this kind of thing, but I found a lot of joy and a lot of rewards in other places. It was just part of an adjustment. “
And in a 2015 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Moranis insisted that he had never completely retired from acting and that he was always available for the right role.
“I’m interested in anything I find interesting,” he says of the potential roles.
“I always get occasional inquiries about a role in film or television, and as soon as someone arrives that sparks my interest, I probably will.”
“But I’m happy with the things I said yes, and I’m very happy with the many things I said no. Yes, I am difficult, and I will continue to be difficult. Picky worked for me. “
And he may have found it: Moranis should resume his role as unhappy inventor, the character of papa Wayne Szalinski for Shrunk, a restart on the big screen of Honey, I reduced the kids which is currently in development.