The Rick Moranis comeback tour continues. Just days after the Spaceballs star came out of retirement to reprise his role for The Goldbergs, Netflix confirms the SCTV comic legend will return for Netflix’s upcoming reunion special directed by Martin Scorsese.
It’s been almost 30 years since Spaceballs hit theaters, and Rick Moranis is finally back under the (dark) helmet. Watch the beloved star come out of retirement to reprise his role as Dark Helmet in a clip from Wednesday’s Goldbergs episode.
Rick Moranis is coming out of retirement for a fan-favorite role. The beloved Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids star will lend his voice to an episode of ABC’s The Goldbergs, reprising his famous Spaceballs role as Dark Helmet.
Rick Moranis: the guy Woody Allen calls a nebbish, a nervously tittering lead of family films (he lit up millennial living rooms with his Honey, I... trilogy) and bluer comedic works (Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs) alike. He was everywhere in the ’80s, but took an eminently understandable hiatus from acting beginning in the ’90s after his wife Ann succumbed to breast cancer. He did a noble and difficult thing by focusing all his energies on dutifully raising his motherless children, turning his back on fame and his public. Though he’s still taken the occasional job — he gave his kids something to love by contributing voice work to Brother Bear — he’s shied away from highly visible gigs. Until now!
So far, all of the surviving original Ghostbusters cast members — Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts — have returned to make cameo appearances in the upcoming reboot. Everyone, that is, expect Rick Moranis. The actor who played Louis Tully in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II mostly retired from the public eye and hasn’t acted in a live-action feature since 1997, but revealed that he was approached to return for the Ghostbusters reboot and he swiftly turned them down.