May 24, 2017

Ralph Macchio pins “Karate Kid’s” legacy to its beautiful story Ralph Macchio, 48, the original star of “The Karate Kid” is on the fence about the Sony re-boot.

“Once I got past the fact that there’s a whole new generation, it was more about, ‘OK, you can retell this story because it’s a beautiful story,’” said Macchio who played the story’s lead protag Daniel Larusso who learns the ways of Karate to defend himself from Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), “It’s a testament to the legacy that we created that we didn’t even know we were creating. I don’t look at it as the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. It’s not the passing of the torch as much as it is the celebration of a great story.”

Speaking to MSNBC, Macchio mentioned that the first “Karate Kid” didn’t have a star-studded premiere.

“It (the film) was a little sleeper. I spoke to the writer [Robert Mark Kamen] earlier and he said, ‘Tell me how the after party is. Ours lasted 26 years.’” Macchio exclaimed. Looking back Macchio says it was all “magic,” and no one knew what a classic the film would become.

The first “The Karate Kid” opened in June 1984 and went on to make over $90 million – a huge amount in its day at the box office. Summer 1986’s “The Karate Kid Part II” was even bigger with a gross of $115.1 million, however, sequelitis soon set into the franchise with 1989’s “The Karate Kid Part III” domestic B.O. plummeting to $39 million.

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  • June 10, 2010 | Permalink |

    waAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ralph still looks babyish at 48!!!!!!!!!!! omg hes still cute waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa luv him since hi school lol

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