“Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”, the classic movie of Disney 1989’s about a frustrated scientist who accidentally shrinks his family was the directorial debut of Joe Johnson, who later made “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair.”
So that’s what the director has done, but what about the cast? Let’s take a very close look.
The actors of “Dear, I Shrunk the Children”
Rick Moranis (Wayne Szalinski)
In the ’80s and’ 90s, Rick Moranis was a major star best known for the comedies “Ghostbusters,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “SOS There’s a Madman Loose in Space,” and “All in the Family,” as well as the trilogy of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”.
He has not made films of that style since then, after he took a long break from acting, after the death of his wife to care for her children, although she did voice work in Disney’s “Brother Bear” movies.
After turning down a cameo in the Ghostbusters reboot, Moranis said in an interview with THR that he’s not actually retired, but rather very picky, so we may see him appear in projects again soon.
Marcia Strassman (Diane Szalinski)
Marcia Strassman, who played Wayne’s wife Diane, was a model and singer as well as an actress, and early in her career was best known for her recurring role on MASH as nurse Margie Cutler. “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” and its sequel were the biggest roles in Strassman’s films, although he worked steadily on television. Strassman sadly died of breast cancer in 2014 at age 66.
Matt Frewer (Big Russ Thompson)
From “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” He has had a very successful acting career with memorable roles in “Watchmen” and as Doctor Leekie in “Orphan Black,” as well as playing Panic in the Disney animated film, “Hercules.”
Two of Matt Frewer’s most recent works have been “Altered Carbon” with Joel Kinnaman, and “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” with Patrick Dempsey and Virginia Madsen.
Kristine Sutherland (Mae Thompson)
Big Russ’s wife was played by none other than Buffy’s mom! Sutherland played Joyce Summers in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” for years, before her devastating final appearance in season five. After Buffy, Sutherland set up a photography studio specialized in portraits.
She has had roles in various independent TV shows and movies, but in reality, she will always be Joyce to us.
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