Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Whatever Happened To...?

Rick Moranis

Of all the SCTV alumni I find it odd that Rick Moranis is not prominent in front of the camera anymore. Heck, Eugene Levy is still managing to mix his big budget works with all those straight-to-DVD American Pie movies. Could Rick Moranis not do the same? The latter part of Rick Moranis’ career has consisted of family friendly movies. He has consistently shown that his comedic timing can provide good laughs to even the weakest feature. I think it would be hilarious to see Moranis in a comedy where he plays against type. Maybe a foulmouthed role is exactly what Rick Moranis needs to break his squeaky clean image. I could see Moranis making a splash in a raunchy Todd Phillips Hangover-style comedy; or even reteaming with Steve Martin for an adult skewed comedy.

Career Highlights: Strange Brew (1983); Honey I Shrunk the Kids (1989); Ghostbusters (1984); Spaceballs (1987); Ghostbusters II (1989); Little Shop of Horrors (1986); Brewster’s Millions (2005); Parenthood (1989); Splitting Heirs (1993); Little Giants (1994);

Low Points: Honey I Blew Up the Kids (1992); Big Bully (1996); The Flintstones (1994); My Blue Heaven (1990); Brother Bear (2003)

Last Seen On The Big Screen: Brother Bear (2003)

Where You Will See Him Next?: Since bringing back the Bob & Doug McKenzie characters, yet again, for Canadian television, Moranis has been fairly quiet on the acting front. It seems he is spending most of his time on the production side of things.


  1. @sasha - It was great meeting you as well. Hopefully you will be able to make it out to more blogger pub nights in the future.

  2. I know the guy who co-founded Yuk Yuks who once told me that Moranis never wanted to be an actor and instead was a struggling rock star at heart so it's really not a suprise that one day he would just dissapear.

  3. @Mike - Interesting. Makes perfect sense but interesting nonetheless. I guess, if your heart is not into it, there comes a point when you must choose between happiness or the money.

  4. Actually I heard he left due to the death of his wife which he was really devastated by and hasn't re-appeared since then the last movie he made.

    I'm not sure if it's true but I really hope he comes back. We need him in comedy.

  5. He's on the big screen every day at Disneyland in the "Honey I Shrunk The Kids" experience. Actually, I think they replaced it with Captain E-O.

    His schtick was fine for the 80s. I don't know if I want to see him in anything new.

  6. @thevoid99 - That is sad if it is true.

    @Tom - I think enough time has passed since the 80's that he could reinvent himself comedy wise.

  7. Perhaps after years of getting typecast he just wanted to stop doing stuff on the big screen. He's always been funny a quirky, but has never really been given the opportunity to show any range. Enough time has passed that younger generations aren't going to immediately equate him solely in those roles.

    I actually didn't think The Flinstones was all that bad. It wasn't my cup of tea, but not a flop.

  8. @Heather – I will say that The Flintstones was far better than the sequel it spawned; though that is still not saying much in its favour. The Flintstone joins the long list of cartoons (e.g. Rocky and Bullwinkle, Scooby-Doo, Garfield, etc) that did not need to be made into a live action movie.


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