Wanted Capitol Rioter Draws Comparison to Rick Moranis
The FBI tweeted a picture of a suspect wanted for storming the Capitol on Jan
The FBI tweeted a picture of a suspect wanted for storming the Capitol on Jan 6th. Users are now flooding the responses with photos of Rick Moranis.
Social media jokes about Honey, I Shrunk The Kids star, Rick Moranis, began trending after the FBI shares a photo of his lookalike, who is wanted for taking part in the violent insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th. The 67-year-old actor has remained chiefly out of the public eye since the early 2000s. However, his name recently made headlines again at the end of last year after someone randomly attacked him in New York.
Moranis rose to fame in the 1980s and acquired an extensive filmography. After playing a few minor characters, Moranis’s career skyrocketed when he starred as Louis Tully in Ghostbusters. Moranis went on to star in hit comedies like Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and the Star Wars spoof, Spaceballs. After his wife passed away from cancer, Moranis retired from acting to focus on raising his children. Save for a few cameos and minor roles, Moranis has been mostly retired from acting.
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Now, Moranis’ name is circling the internet because of the resemblance he has with another man in a helmet and a pair of thick glasses. On Sunday, the FBI tweeted a photo of one of the insurrectionists from the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol building in January. The guy in the picture managed to evade arrest, so the FBI requested people provide any tips about the man. Since then, people have been flooding the responses to say that they recognize someone else who looks like the wanted suspect: famous 80s actor Rick Moranis. Continue below to see some of the tweets below:
For anyone still convinced the man in the photo is Moranis, TMZ reached out to the FBI and Moranis’ team to make sure that the suspect is, in fact, someone else. They have confirmed that it was not him, so it appears that this guy only looks like Moranis. The fact that the suspect was caught wearing thick glasses and a helmet (not unlike the one from Spaceballs) just makes the resemblance stronger.
As for the actual Rick Moranis – he is still mostly retired. There has been chatter circulating that he would make a cameo in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but those rumors have been debunked. That said, Moranis is supposedly returning to another franchise from his past; last year, it was reported that he would reprise his role in another sequel of Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. So it appears there will be another chance to see Moranis on screens again, and this time it won’t be a lookalike.
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Sources: TMZ, Various (See above)
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