Ralph Macchio on Karate Kid remake
With The Karate Kid remake ploughing on, we hadn't yet heard from the star of the first, Ralph Macchio.
What did the original Karate Kid have to say? Well he's a little dubious about parts of the remake, join the club mate.
Will Smith has his son Jaden Smith starring in The Karate Kid remake. It's also being relocated to China, and could be co-starring Jackie Chan as Mr. Miyagi. I'm not a fan of the remake, although it's turning into a pretty loose remake.
Listen, here’s my take on it. I think Jaden - you know, Will Smith’s kid - the kid’s got chops. He’s young; he’s like eleven…That story will work forever, when well-told. So, it makes sense in that respect.
He is a little worried about maintaining the importance of the Mr. Miyagi character, and also the young age of Smith compared to his original character.
From my personal view, the filling the void of what Mr. Miyagi was - and the magic of that character - is going to be the toughest task. I (also) don’t know where the romantic story-arc goes (with Smith’s Daniel) at that age.
That's one of the things that worries me about the remake, that the main character is too young. That we might end up with more of a Disney film. Macchio also thinks that the continuing success of his version, might work against the new one.
(The ‘Karate Kid’ remake is) going to be interesting, from the respect that I think if they intend on copying some of the elements that are still present now (it won’t be easy). Reruns of the movie play a lot on television, so the now-generation knows it. It’s not like ‘Ocean’s 11′. When they remade that, no one had seen the other one in thirty years.
They do have a pretty damn good original to emulate. I still watch it today if it's on TV. Macchio does have some advice for them though, as to what he thinks they need to do.
If they separate themselves from (the original) but still hold true to the human message behind the movie. I think that story could last forever.
I think he's right. The only way the "remake" will work is if it takes the themes of the first, and puts a new spin on it. A new kid doing crane kicks and painting fences won't work, not while the first remain so popular. Then again it hasn't stopped them before has it. Are you ready for a new Karate Kid? Or does the original still do the job?