Like Lord Lucan, George Kaplan and The Scarlet Pimpernel, Rick Moranis is a very elusive human being, making interviews with the comedy hero as rare as ghosts' teeth. It's happy news, then, that Mr. Moranis welcomed Empire into his home for an extensive feature - which you can read in the latest issue - in which he touched on Ghostbusters 3.
"I haven't talked to Danny (Aykroyd) about it," he says. "Somebody he's associated with called me and I said, 'I wouldn't not do it, but it's got to be good.' You know, I'm not interested in doing anything I've already done, and I thought the second one was a disappointment."
"But I guess I'm interested in where that guy is now. I sort of see him as being Bernie Madoff's cellmate in jail. Both of them being so orderly that they race to get up and make their beds."
To not have Rick Moranis' Louis Tully - lawyer, accountant, reserve Ghostbuster, quintessential nerd - in the so-often mooted threequel would be as great a shame as it would be to lose Bill Murray's Peter Venkman. But with Aykroyd now talking about a Murray-less version of the script, perhaps he'd be willing to do without Mr. Moranis as well.
Of course, The Man Who Would Be Louis Tully (Again, Possibly) has been off our screens (more or less) for two decades now, filling his days with his kids, voiceover work and music. His latest album, My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs, is out now, and you can buy it here. The new issue of Empire - the one with the elves on the front - is out on Thursday, June 27.