What happened to Rick Moranis?
Rick, 67, was walking near his apartment building close to Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side early on Thursday morning when he was punched in the head by an unknown assailant wearing a black “I ♥ NY” hoodie, according to the New York Police Department. Video distributed by the NYPD shows the assailant striking Rick with his fist, knocking him to the ground.
The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids star suffered pain in his head, back, and right hip, and went to a local hospital for evaluation before reporting the crime to police, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“Rick Moranis was assaulted on the Upper West Side yesterday,” a representative for the actor said in a statement on Friday, Oct. 2. “He is fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”
New York Police Detective Kaz Daughtry also offered an update on the Spaceballs star’s condition on Friday. “[Rick] is doing well. He is strong. He is recovering,” the detective told reporters, according to the New York Post. “He just wants us to catch the bad guy and all this to go away.”
The NYPD Crime Stoppers Twitter account posted the surveillance footageof the attack and said the suspect is wanted for assault. The NYPD is asking for information about the attack and offering rewards of up to $2,500.
The NYPD later posted a photo of the suspect at a subway station, showing a clearer view of the man’s face.
Avengers star Chris Evans decried the attack on Friday, tweeting, “My blood is boiling. Find this man. You don’t touch Rick Moranis.”
Other celebrities reacted to the news one Twitter, too. “I will kill the man that hurt Rick Moranis. KILLLLLL,” wrote comedian Michelle Collins.
Better Call Saul star Michael McKean tweeted, “Glad to read Rick Moranis is doing ok. I don’t know the guy but he’s made me laugh a bunch from SCTV onward. Peace.” The West Wing actor Richard Schiff actor wrote, “Of all the things wrong with 2020 blind side punching Rick Moranis is the worst.”
TV producer Adam F. Goldberg, who brought Rick out of semi-retirement for a 2018 episode of The Goldbergs, tweeted, “The most important person in our country has been sent to the hospital today. As his biggest fan and supporter, I send Rick Moranis all the good vibes in my body. The country is united. You deserve better. #JusticeForMoranis.”
Rick stepped away from his on-screen acting career in 1997 to focus on raising his kids, and he has stuck mostly to voice roles in the ensuing years. “I took a break, which turned into a longer break,” he explained to The Hollywood Reporter in 2015. “But I’m interested in anything that I would find interesting. I still get the occasional query about a film or television role and as soon as one comes along that piques my interest, I’ll probably do it.”
That interest-piquing opportunity came earlier this year, apparently: News broke in February that the actor will be returning to the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise in the upcoming big-screen sequel Shrunk.