An accused recluse, long vanished from the stage, Rick Moranis didn’t retire, he just stopped making films and stopped feeding the machine. Now in a lovely interview with Heeb Magazine, Moranis is opening up about his life away from the spotlight, a Spaceballs sequel that never was, Ghostbusters 3, and making music for his new album, My Mother’s Brisket and Other Love Songs.
The album, which Moranis says he did “for the sheer joy of doing it” is described as: “an eclectic blend of klezmer, rumba, folk and jazz covering themes of family, food, religious traditions, more food, love, and dessert.” on Moranis’ website, and comes complete with a yarmulke if you buy the deluxe pack for $14.99 — a promotion that the Warner record execs went “crazy over” according to Moranis.
While the possible existence of an autographed shmata edition (a boy can dream) is never discussed, they did talk about Moranis’ current ties to the industry (he hasn’t spoken with anyone he worked with in 20 years), his solitary but seemingly comfortable life, and those sequels.
Here’s Moranis on making another Spaceballs:
Mel wanted to do a sequel after it became a cult video hit. It wasn’t a box office hit. It was a cult video hit, and MGM wanted to do a sequel. And my idea for it was Spaceballs III: The Search for Spaceballs II. And I was unable to make a deal with Mel. I couldn’t make a deal.
While Moranis says that the “ship has sailed” on the idea of another Spaceballs film, he doesn’t seem so sure about another Ghostbusters film, detailing the process through which he was contacted a few years ago while also back-handing all the speculation about his supposed retirement.
I got a call three or four years ago from an associate of Aykroyd’s. Some sort of producer. And he said, “Listen, I gotta ask you something, because the Internet says you’re retired”—which is one of my favorites, by the way […]
I just love when the Internet is wrong. It’s the only thing that will save journalism. So he says, “I gotta ask, would you do it?” I said, “I don’t say no to anything until everything is presented to me.” What is it? Is it happening? Is there a script? What’s the part? Who else is in it? Where is it? How long is it gonna take? You know, I need a little bit more information. “But it’s something you would do?” he asks. Do I have to answer that?
Unfortunately, Moranis never really did answer that question, but earlier in the interview, he did draw a dividing line between some of the other films that he did and films like Spaceballs and Ghostbusters, from which he derived the “gratification that comes from the home cooking of a creative project”, so perhaps he’ll have a craving once more if something catches his eye.
As for the fascination with his lifestyle and the rush to paint him as some kind of bizarre hermit, I certainly hope people read this interview in full so they can see that that clearly isn’t so.
Our default view of what a celebrity is seems to be spiking the punch a bit, causing us to forget that some people don’t want to grab a camera with both hands or tweet about the mundane crumbs of their life. Honestly, Moranis sounds a lot like my dad: an old Jew who just wants to stay home, watch a ballgame, and not get coughed on. How could there possibly be anything wrong with that?
Source: Heeb Magazine