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Okay, so maybe Ralph Macchio, the original star of “The Karate Kid” didn’t exactly say that, but you gotta admit, that’s a better headline than, say, “Ralph Macchio Is Not Happy About Remake”. I mean, where’s the uummph in that? Anyways, it appears Ralph Macchio is not all that happy with Will Smith’s intentions to remake “The Karate Kid”, with Big Willy’s 10-year old son Jaden set to star and Jackie Chan in negotiations to take over the Mister Miyagi role. The remake is being set in Beijing, China, so Chan would fit right at home and, one assumes, be playing a character not named Miyagi. One hopes, anyway, as that would just be … stupid.
Here’s what the Macchio one tells MTV via IMDB:
“It feels pretty good that some people are pretty angry that they’re trying to remake The Karate Kid. It feels good that the public feels you don’t touch certain things. Some times you go back to that, and probably shouldn’t.
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.
I personally don’t know what all the hoopla is about. Sure, Jaden Smith got the job because his dad’s name is Will Smith, and sure, the original is one of those movies that stays with me because I saw it with my buddies when we were just tykes, and sure, it’s a classic and shouldn’t be remade, but you know — ah, screw it. I’m all out of righteous indignation at the moment.
By the by, how freaky is it that Ralph Macchio is now 47-years old? Dang, time flies.
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