KEY POINTS

  • Chris Evans was outraged after learning that Rick Moranis was attacked by an unidentified man in New York
  • The 67-year-old actor's rep confirmed that he is doing "fine" after the random attack 
  • Other celebrities have also shared their thoughts about the incident, including Ryan Reynolds and Josh Gad

Chris Evans was furious after learning that fellow actor Rick Moranis was randomly attacked in New York on Thursday, Oct. 1. The "Ghostbusters" star's rep confirmed that he was doing fine after the incident, but many, including Evans, called for the assailant to be arrested.

"My blood is boiling. Find this man. You don’t touch Rick Moranis," Evans wrote on Twitter.

Moranis was attacked while he was walking in Manhattan's Upper West Side neighborhood early Thursday morning. Footage of the incident showed that an unidentified man punched the 67-year-old actor, knocking him down to the ground. His assailant remains at large.

"Rick Moranis was assaulted on the Upper West Side yesterday," Moranis' rep, Troy Bailey, said in a statement to Page Six following the attack. "He is fine but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes."

Several netizens shared the "Captain America" actor's sentiments.

"This kind of attack on people, mostly older people, is particularly heinous. Glad to hear he's okay but this is often not the outcome. Hope the vile person who did this is caught and jailed," one commented on Evans' tweet.

"The temperature is already high everywhere, even for some other reasons. Life is quite difficult at this time. I hope the attacker got arrested. Please be safe. Criminals are everywhere and doing whatever they can to get victims. It's worrying!" another wrote.

Another Twitter user slammed those who "would hate on celebrities who are just trying to get by in their lives just like us regular folks."

Other celebrities have also shared their thoughts on the attack.

Ryan Reynolds, who appeared in a Mint Mobile commercial with Moranis last month, tweeted, "Should have known not to subject Rick to the year 2020. Glad to hear he’s okay."

"The rage I am feeling right now is beyond words. Who does this? What psychopath does something like this to a man in his 60’s. Speedy recovery my friend," Josh Gad, who will co-star with Moranis in the upcoming movie "Shrunk," tweeted.

"Finally! The one thing every American can agree on. The man who beat #RickMoranis for absolutely no reason should be boiled in oil alive," James Woods wrote.

Moranis has starred in several hits, including "Little Shop of Horrors" (1986), "Spaceballs" (1987), "The Flinstones" (1994) and the "Ghostbusters" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" franchises.

Chris Evans
Chris Evans attends the Variety Studio presented by Moroccanoil at Holt Renfrew during the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 5, 2014 in Toronto. Getty Images/Jonathan Leibson
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