Back in 1997, ’80s comedy icon Rick Moranis stepped away from Hollywood following his role in Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. His wife Ann had passed away in 1991, so Moranis gave up his career to focus on his two children. He explained his break in 2005, saying “I pulled out of making movies in about ‘96 or ‘97. I’m a single parent, and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.” While he released a couple comedy albums and has done some voice work, Moranis really has stayed out of the limelight. Until now!
According to a new report, Moranis is bringing back his beloved Spaceballs villain Dark Helmet for an upcoming episode of underrated sitcom gem The Goldbergs.
Moranis voices the character in one of young film enthusiast Adam Goldberg’s dreams, as Adam (Sean Giambrone) “encounters Dark Helmet storming his bedroom to battle with the Schwartz,” a play on Star Wars’ The Force, according to a description. Adam “promises to get a sequel to Spaceballs produced before waking up.” (Via)
Show creator Adam F. Goldberg expressed his excitement in a statement, echoing the excitement of ’80s and ’90s kids everywhere.
“I truly think Rick Moranis gave the most underrated and brilliant comedic performance in any ’80s movie as Dark Helmet. I’ve been a lifelong fan of his work and became obsessed with having him reprise the role on my show. As an added bonus, maybe this even gets Spaceballs back in the conversation, and I can get my dream of helping make a sequel!”
Ok, maybe 2018 isn’t a total and complete garbage fire.