Michael McKean read for Louis Tully?

People ask, why are you so into Ghostbusters? And I tell them, because I find out something new about this movie all the time. This is one of those times. Rick Moranis talked about taking over the Louis Tully role after John Candy left the production and while I dared pry, he was polite enough to not talk about who else had read for the part. Turns out, we know at least one of them…

…at least, I’m pretty sure I hadn’t heard this and forgot (A real risk as the years go by.)

While chatting with Kevin Pollak on his chat show, Michael McKean (From Laverne & Shirley, Spinal Tap, and so many other awesome things) got to talking about his own turn as an interviewer and mentioned talking to Harold Ramis (which spiced things up, as Kevin’s girlfriend, who does tech and commentary on the show, is a self-confessed Harold Ramis / Egon fan.) This in turn lead to his revelation that he had met Ramis years before the interview when he read for the part of Louis in Ghostbusters.

Learn something new every day…

Great interview (you can download the audio podcast version on iTunes, if you don’t want to watch the video), but if you want to cut to the chance, the Ghostbusters talk is at 1:51:00.

Yes, it’s true…

…these men have no dicks. Well, that’s what I heard.

Seriously though – observe a lesson in being too cool for school. As Chad spotted over at GB.net, Kotaku (the gaming wing of the Gawker network of blogs, infamous for their remarkable snark to effort ratio) contacted Sierra to find out why Rick Moranis wasn’t going to be voicing Louis Tully in the Ghostbusters video game.

The brief to the point of flippant Sierra response;

He made so much money off of Honey I Shrunk The Kids that he retired. He just doesn’t want to work anymore.

The snarky to the point of dickitude Kotaku analysis;

Oh. Well. Good for you, Rick Moranis.

Which then turns into a Rick Moranis-bashing free-for-all in the comments. Unfair, and uncool. While the Sierra rep is correct, I can only hope he said much more than that, and that Kotaku cut it down to size, making it seems so glib. If only someone had thought to, you know, maybe ask Rick why he would or would not do Louis Tully every again. Oh wait, someone did. And it’s a lot deeper an answer than “He’s rich and doesn’t want to work.”

[UPDATE] Sorry, Kotaku didn’t talk Sierra, Das Gamer did. They were just reposting and snarking. Like they do. But still… tacky.