Rick Moranis, the star of Ghostbusters and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, told New York police that he wanted them to catch the bad guy who hit him in the head and knocked him to the ground as he made his way through the Upper West went side on Thursday.
A group of NYPD officials visited the actor at his Upper West Side home and briefed reporters on his condition following the unprovoked attack.
& # 39; (Moranis) is fine. He is strong. He's recovering, ”said Detective Kaz Daughtry, one of six officers with the NYPD's new Community Affairs Rapid Response, who visited the actor at his home on Friday afternoon.
"He just wants us to catch the bad guy and all of this go away," said the officer.
"He has some injuries on his left side," said Daughtry, explaining that Moranis "has some pain in the left side of his leg".
"At this moment (Moranis) just wants to stay home, he just wants to relax, and he just wants rest, and when he gets better he'll go out and do his daily chores, which he usually does," added Officer Jonadel Dorrejo added.
Rick Moranis, 67, was walking on New York City's Upper West Side around 7:30 a.m. Thursday when he was attacked. The surveillance footage shows a stranger walking past him and abruptly punching Moranis in the head and knocking him to the ground (left and right).
The horrific attack, captured on surveillance camera, shows Moranis, 67, walking 5 feet 6 inches south on Central Park West near West 70th Street around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
Suddenly an unknown man walking past the star hits him in the head and knocks Moranis to the ground.
NYPD did not reveal the victim as a Moranis in the tweet, but law enforcement later confirmed the identity.
Moranis was visited by officials from the Community Affairs Rapid Response Team, a newly formed unit dedicated to investigating city crime victims, "to let them know that we are there to help in any way we can we can help you ".
"We're helping them as best we can," said the officer Dorrejo.
Crime like murder is up 40 percent and burglary is up 38 percent in New York City compared to the same period last year when residents moved out amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYPD is offering a $ 2,500 award for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect (pictured) who fled the scene on foot
After the attack, Moranis visited a local hospital where he reported pain in his head, back and right hip. However, the extent of his injuries is unknown.
The actor then reported the incident Police officers in the 20th district.
The suspect, wearing a dark I (love) NY sweatshirt, black pants and trainers, fled the scene on foot and had not yet been arrested.
The NYPD announced on Twitter that it was offering a reward of up to $ 2,500 for arresting the attacker.
Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.
Confidential tips can also be submitted online or via Twitter by sending a message to @NYPDTips.
According to new NYPD statistics, some crimes have increased while others have decreased year over year.
In the first nine months of 2020, homicide increased 40 percent, compared to the first nine months of 2019 with 344 murders compared to 246.
Burglary and Grand Larceny Auto are also up 38 percent and 404 percent, respectively, compared to the same period in 2019.
However, other crimes like rape, assault, and robbery are down about 33 percent, 115 percent, and 149 percent, respectively, from a year earlier, data shows.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Moranis made his big break when he appeared in the 1983 film Strange Brew.
He then appeared in a number of commercially successful films, including Ghostbusters 1984, Spaceballs 1987 and two films in 1989, Ghostbusters II and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
The actor visited a local hospital with complaints of headache, back and right hip. Pictured: Moranis on the opening night of the Broadway play & # 39; In and Of Itself & # 39 ;, April 2017
Moranis, who took a 23-year hiatus from live-action films, recently announced that he will appear in a sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Pictured: Moranis (right) in Honey from 1989, I've shrunk the kids
The original Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was so successful that Moranis returned in 1992 for the sequel Honey, I Blow Up The Kid.
He finished the trilogy in 1997 with the sequel to Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves, which was his last role on camera before his break.
Moranis has since largely fallen from the spotlight and has only spoken for a few animated projects, including the 2003 film Brother Bear and the TV series The Animated Adventures of Bob & Doug McKenzie.
He said he made the decision to retire to focus on single parenting to his children Rachel and Mitchell after losing his wife, costume designer Ann Belsky, to breast cancer in February 1991.
He told USA Today, “As a single parent, I and I found it just too difficult to raise my children and do the trips that go with filmmaking.
“So I took a little break. And the little pause turned into a longer pause, and then I realized that I really didn't miss it. & # 39;
Moranis said he took a break from acting to focus on being a single father after his wife died in 1991. Image: Moranis in an interview for Disney +
The premise of the sequel Shrunk concerns the now grown-up son of Moranis' character who accidentally shrinks his own children. Pictured: Moranis in an unknown location, May 1994
Celebrities like Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evens tweeted about their anger over the vicious attack and good wishes to Moranis
In February 2020, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Moranis would repeat his role as Wayne Szalinski in Shrunk, a new sequel to the Honey series, I Shrunk the Kids.
It is the first live-action film in which the actor has starred in 23 years.
The premise of the film revolves around Szalinski's grown-up son, portrayed by frozen star Josh Gad, who repeats the same mistake of shrinking his own children.
In a clip for Disney + (via Entertainment Weekly), Moranis praised the director of the original film, Joe Johnston.
He had the vision of it in his head. And in that movie, I was really an actor, ”he said.
"I think I drove him crazy a couple of times to do more comedy because I was always looking for ways to disrupt and make more jokes, and poor Joe just wanted to do his movie."
Celebrities also tweeted their anger over the malicious attack and their good wishes to Moranis.
Ryan Reynolds, who starred in a commercial with Moranis earlier this year, wrote, "Should have known Rick isn't going through 2020. I'm glad to hear he's fine."
And Chris Evans tweeted, “My blood is boiling. Find this man. You don't touch Rick Moranis.
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