Ralph Macchio talks about new Karate Kid movie

by Joey Paur


There are a lot of people out there who are not happy with Will and Jaden Smith remaking the 1980's classic hit 'The Karate Kid', I myself think it is a bad idea. I just don't see a better movie coming out of this. The original movie is iconic and has a huge following of people that grew up with it, this new movie is destined to get slammed with haters. But what does the original Karate kid Ralph Macchio has to say on the matter? MTV recently caught with him and asked him about Jackie Chan taking on the role of Mr. Miyagi.

“I don’t know,” sighed the now 47-year-old star, in town to promote his Slamdance flick “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead.” “I think Jackie Chan, we all assumed that’s where they were going to go - unless they were thinking of just casting an unknown. The thing is whether Jackie Chan gives you Jackie Chan, or if Jackie Chan does a, you know, real stretch to the character,”

As Ralph began to reminisce about the good ol' days he talked about what it was like when Pat Morita was cast as Mr. Miyagi:

“You know, the great thing about Pat Morita is he played [serious when he had to]. He was Arnold from ‘Happy Days’! We said the same thing [when he was cast]: ‘Oh, this guy isn’t going to be [dramatic enough], They wanted like, Toshiro Mifune, or some great actor, And Pat Morita comes in and just embodies this character. He had the humor, he had the comedic chops, but he had the richness of what the human part of that character needed; which is what made it such a great performance.”

In this new Karate Kid movie they are giving the character Mr. Miyagi a overhaul by changing his nationality from Japanese to Chinese and film parts of the film in China as well. It is Also rumored that Jaden Smith refuses to do the classic crane-kick. I think this is going to be a really hard movie to sell to people. Ralph goes on to say:

"I think Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, with a good script, and all the moons in alignment? It could be another big fat hit,"

Do you think it will be a hit? And do you think Ralph Macchio will do a cameo?

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