Rick Moranis has emerged from his semi-retirement from acting to appear alongside Ryan Reynolds in an advert.
The 67-year-old Ghostbusters star announced a hiatus from the film industry in 1997 after comedy sequel Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves and has appeared only sporadically since then, taking on voice roles and making cameos on TV.
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He is due to make a return to the silver screen for a Disney reboot of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids series, starring Josh Gad, in the near future.
Before then, though, he has popped up to star alongside Deadpool star Reynolds in a hilariously awkward chat while standing in a field of mint.
Reynolds begins by introducing a new unlimited plan offered by wireless provider Mint — in which he has had an ownership stake since November 2019.
He then brings in Moranis, who asks why he has been invited. Reynolds says: “I'm just a huge fan. No, seriously, massive.”
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The return of Moranis is not the first headline-grabbing stunt Reynolds has pulled off when marketing Mint Mobile.
Earlier this year, he launched a streaming service with a catalogue that only consisted of his 2003 heist thriller Foolproof — not a vintage entry in the A-lister’s filmography.
Moranis, meanwhile, has been famously selective about the recent roles he has taken on, turning down cameo appearances in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot — as well as the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
His most prominent role since the late 1990s has been vocal work as the moose Rutt in Disney’s Brother Bear movies.
His return to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids with reboot/sequel Shrunk will see him reprise the role of inventor Wayne Szalinski, with Gad portraying his son Nick — now a scientist in his own right.
The sequel was originally reported as being exclusive to Disney+, but it has now been confirmed as a cinema release.