Is Rick Moranis the Latest Target of the Knockout Game?

Rick Moranis is one of the few Canadians worth mentioning. I’ve been a fan of his ever since his SCTV days – Take off, hosehead! – and I’ve missed him since he all but retired from acting almost 25 years ago. So it was a big deal when he reemerged last month to do a commercial for Mint Mobile, the cellphone service provider owned by, of all people, Ryan Reynolds:

That was billed as Moranis’ “return to acting.” No offense to Mr. Moranis, but it doesn’t take a lot of theatrical chops to play “baffled by the decision-making process of Ryan Reynolds.” Still, it was nice to see him. 2020 could really use some more Rick Moranis.

But not like this. Larry Celona and Amanda Woods, NY Post:

Actor Rick Moranis was punched in the head in a caught-on-video unprovoked attack on the Upper West Side this week, law enforcement sources told The Post on Friday.

Moranis, 67, was walking south on Central Park West near West 70th Street – steps from his apartment building – around 7:30 a.m. Thursday when a stranger suddenly slugged him, knocking him to the ground, according to police and a surveillance clip…

Moranis, suffering pain in his head, back and right hip, went to a local hospital for an evaluation, cops said.

His attacker is still at large.

Okay, I’ll say it: I don’t think Rick Moranis was targeted by a disgruntled fan of Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. His attacker probably didn’t even know who he is. I suspect this man, who just happens to be African-American, punched Moranis in the face because he’s white. I think Moranis was the target of the Knockout Game. Read more…

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