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Ralph Macchio is a-okay with The Karate Kid remake

03.15.2010

This week, The JoBlo Movie Podcast spoke with Ralph Macchio while he was out promoting his new independent feature, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE UNDEAD (trailer here.) We eventually got around to discussing the much talked about Karate Kid "remake/reimagining" starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan and here's a few snippets of what His Macchioness had to say:

  • The Macchio didn’t have any conversations about the new Karate Kid outside of talking to Will Smith and Jaden. He said Will was cool and just wanted his blessing and respect for continuing with the project. Though he was quick to point out, “not that he wouldn’t have went on with the project anyway.”
  • He believes it to be a “reimaging” as opposed to a remake since they casted younger and changed the setting. Because the original is such a part of pop culture history, Macchio thinks starting anew is the best way to go.
  • He doesn’t have a cameo in the film and had no desire to. He says even if there was a reason to see Daniel Larusso at 40, he feels that would rob people of their youth by squeezing in a cameo, since it wouldn't be a natural progression of the story.
  • He still gets “stay gold”, “wax on/wax off” and “Crane Kicks” thrown at him on the street.
  • The Macchio says it was a perfect time and place for the original Karate Kid to come out, but because it has such a good story, he thinks a good movie (the upcoming “reimaging”) can come out of it.

    To listen to the rest of the interview, you can download the latest episode of The JoBlo Movie Podcast here or you can listen live on the page.

    The JoBlo Movie Podcast is a weekly show with new episodes every Monday morning. You can subscribe on iTunes here or via RSS here.

  • Extra Tidbit: Now that Ralph Macchio is cool with the remake/reimagining, does it make you want to see it any more or less?

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    10:16AM on 03/16/2010
    Ralph is too much of a nice guy, this film is going to be awful, ewwww
    Ralph is too much of a nice guy, this film is going to be awful, ewwww
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    1:53AM on 03/16/2010
    Will Smith has some pretty big body guards doesn't he? I keep imagining that this is the Ralph Macchio/Will Smith version of Suge Knight hanging Vanilla Ice off a 15th floor balcony by his ankles until he signed over the rights to Ice Ice Baby. "Ralph, if you don't want to get dropped, just remember to tell everyone you're fine with it"...
    Will Smith has some pretty big body guards doesn't he? I keep imagining that this is the Ralph Macchio/Will Smith version of Suge Knight hanging Vanilla Ice off a 15th floor balcony by his ankles until he signed over the rights to Ice Ice Baby. "Ralph, if you don't want to get dropped, just remember to tell everyone you're fine with it"...
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    1:52AM on 03/16/2010
    Will Smith has some pretty big body guards doesn't he? I keep imagining that this is the Ralph Macchio/Will Smith version of Suge Knight hanging Vanilla Ice off a 15th floor balcony by his ankles until he signed over the rights to Ice Ice Baby. "Ralph, if you don't want to get dropped, just remember to tell everyone you're fine with it"...
    Will Smith has some pretty big body guards doesn't he? I keep imagining that this is the Ralph Macchio/Will Smith version of Suge Knight hanging Vanilla Ice off a 15th floor balcony by his ankles until he signed over the rights to Ice Ice Baby. "Ralph, if you don't want to get dropped, just remember to tell everyone you're fine with it"...
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    1:52AM on 03/16/2010
    Will Smith has some pretty big body guards doesn't he? I keep imagining that this is the Ralph Macchio/Will Smith version of Suge Knight hanging Vanilla Ice off a 15th floor balcony by his ankles until he signed over the rights to Ice Ice Baby. "Ralph, if you don't want to get dropped, just remember to tell everyone you're fine with it"...
    Will Smith has some pretty big body guards doesn't he? I keep imagining that this is the Ralph Macchio/Will Smith version of Suge Knight hanging Vanilla Ice off a 15th floor balcony by his ankles until he signed over the rights to Ice Ice Baby. "Ralph, if you don't want to get dropped, just remember to tell everyone you're fine with it"...
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    1:00AM on 03/16/2010
    Really? The trailer looked promising? Really? The trailer looked like it sucked nuts! It had a low-budget feel all over it, the narrator's choice of words made it sound like something "straight-to-DVD" and the story is so frighteningly simple and overused that the only way it would have worked is if it came out in 1995. Yeah sure Karate Kid was good etc etc but times have changed and even kids want more out of their movies these days. Thumbs-down me all you want but watch the trailer with no
    Really? The trailer looked promising? Really? The trailer looked like it sucked nuts! It had a low-budget feel all over it, the narrator's choice of words made it sound like something "straight-to-DVD" and the story is so frighteningly simple and overused that the only way it would have worked is if it came out in 1995. Yeah sure Karate Kid was good etc etc but times have changed and even kids want more out of their movies these days. Thumbs-down me all you want but watch the trailer with no bias and you'll see what I mean.
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    12:12AM on 03/16/2010

    Will Smith

    you suck.
    you suck.
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    11:05PM on 03/15/2010
    This movies will suck for one reason and that is Jaden Smith. The trailers do look like there is a good movie in there somewhere, but Jaden and his stupid braids will kill this movie.
    This movies will suck for one reason and that is Jaden Smith. The trailers do look like there is a good movie in there somewhere, but Jaden and his stupid braids will kill this movie.
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    10:01PM on 03/15/2010

    I can see why you guys are so upset...

    Considering you were so involved personally in making the original. The original was made for 12 year-olds; as is this one. Neither are for you. Get over it, and yourselves.

    If the movie sucks, who cares if its a remake, reboot or an original. Same if its good.

    "Better not mess with my karate kid!" Jesus, I hoped you were stuffed in your lockers growing up.
    Considering you were so involved personally in making the original. The original was made for 12 year-olds; as is this one. Neither are for you. Get over it, and yourselves.

    If the movie sucks, who cares if its a remake, reboot or an original. Same if its good.

    "Better not mess with my karate kid!" Jesus, I hoped you were stuffed in your lockers growing up.
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    10:08PM on 03/15/2010
    I think part of it is jealousy or something. It'll be different if the movie was released and there was proof if it was good or not, but some seem to 'hate' Will Smith, so they automatically dislike the film.

    And then there are some who possibly hate the fact that a young black actor is in the role.


    I think part of it is jealousy or something. It'll be different if the movie was released and there was proof if it was good or not, but some seem to 'hate' Will Smith, so they automatically dislike the film.

    And then there are some who possibly hate the fact that a young black actor is in the role.


    9:06PM on 03/15/2010

    trailer

    I watched the trailers.
    If it was "kung fu kid" I would have been okay with it... but I just will not allow myself to see this movie...
    I'm tired of them ruining my favorite childhood movies... Can't wait for a remake of something like "Big Trouble in Little China" starring Ice Cube in russel's role, or "Neverending Story" with Nick Cannon riding on a giant beagle with a set of GRILLZ instead of Falkor...

    *edit: fixed for kurt not swayze, thanks.
    *edit: they are actually actors/rappers,
    I watched the trailers.
    If it was "kung fu kid" I would have been okay with it... but I just will not allow myself to see this movie...
    I'm tired of them ruining my favorite childhood movies... Can't wait for a remake of something like "Big Trouble in Little China" starring Ice Cube in russel's role, or "Neverending Story" with Nick Cannon riding on a giant beagle with a set of GRILLZ instead of Falkor...

    *edit: fixed for kurt not swayze, thanks.
    *edit: they are actually actors/rappers, or did you forget the ton of movies icecube has been in? cannon was in a couple too... dbz was horrible regardless, and i thought the casting was terrible for that
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    10:10PM on 03/15/2010
    You're naming black rappers, not actors.

    I'm curious to know if white actors were cast in those roles you're bringing out...if you would still have a problem with it?

    I'm sure you didn't have an issue with the casting of Dragonball Z (which did suck) or the casting of Prince of Persia...
    You're naming black rappers, not actors.

    I'm curious to know if white actors were cast in those roles you're bringing out...if you would still have a problem with it?

    I'm sure you didn't have an issue with the casting of Dragonball Z (which did suck) or the casting of Prince of Persia...
    10:22PM on 03/15/2010
    I'm pretty sure Kurt Russell was in Big Trouble in Little China...
    I'm pretty sure Kurt Russell was in Big Trouble in Little China...
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    8:46PM on 03/15/2010

    This remake

    It will most likely suck. But another thing, the soundtrack. It was awesome in the original, but you will probably not even remember the soundtrack from this movie.
    It will most likely suck. But another thing, the soundtrack. It was awesome in the original, but you will probably not even remember the soundtrack from this movie.
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    8:09PM on 03/15/2010

    Macchio may be cool with it...

    ...but I still refuse to see this on any grounds whatsoever. I despise Will Smith.
    ...but I still refuse to see this on any grounds whatsoever. I despise Will Smith.
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    7:24PM on 03/15/2010
    "I am the man, who will fight, for your honor."
    "I am the man, who will fight, for your honor."
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    4:54PM on 03/15/2010
    I was against this at first, but the trailers are good.

    I grew up with Karate Kid and I'm as bitter about any remake coming out, but this one is different. This looks honest, and not a cash in, and something that could work for kids today so I'm all for it.
    I was against this at first, but the trailers are good.

    I grew up with Karate Kid and I'm as bitter about any remake coming out, but this one is different. This looks honest, and not a cash in, and something that could work for kids today so I'm all for it.
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    4:28PM on 03/15/2010
    Wow if Macchio thinks it's okay then that must mean the remake is going to be okay. I mean Macchio is so filled with numerous projects he knows what he's talking about.
    Wow if Macchio thinks it's okay then that must mean the remake is going to be okay. I mean Macchio is so filled with numerous projects he knows what he's talking about.
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    2:44PM on 03/15/2010

    THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ORIGINAL

    Sales and rentals of the original movie have probably already gone up on DVD since talk of the remake started and I bet you that a new jazzy special edition will come out soon. More people will see the original than ever before thanks to this remake. The Watchmen comic went back on the bestseller list when that shitty movie came out. Special Editions of all of Frank Capri's best films came out when Adam Sandler's shitfest Mr. Deeds did. All of the Ripley books (which had been OOP for almost 20
    Sales and rentals of the original movie have probably already gone up on DVD since talk of the remake started and I bet you that a new jazzy special edition will come out soon. More people will see the original than ever before thanks to this remake. The Watchmen comic went back on the bestseller list when that shitty movie came out. Special Editions of all of Frank Capri's best films came out when Adam Sandler's shitfest Mr. Deeds did. All of the Ripley books (which had been OOP for almost 20 years) were re-released with the Matt Damon movie. Good things happen even if you don't like the movie. The most you can do is hope no one forgets the original and it'd be better for everything if it wasn't all fuck this/this is best. Fuck, fuck, fuck.
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    2:37PM on 03/15/2010

    Cool...

    I'm looking forward to this film....

    I'm looking forward to this film....

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    2:21PM on 03/15/2010
    sounds like he was being very nice about it. he, like the rest of america, probably couldn't give a rat's testicle about this movie. i know i don't
    sounds like he was being very nice about it. he, like the rest of america, probably couldn't give a rat's testicle about this movie. i know i don't
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    2:16PM on 03/15/2010
    As much respect as I have for Ralph Macchio (I'm a huge fan of most of his work), I have to say I definitely disagree. Remake, re-imagining, it's all the same to me and ones like this are pointless, not to mention insulting to the originals. I certainly won't be seeing it.
    As much respect as I have for Ralph Macchio (I'm a huge fan of most of his work), I have to say I definitely disagree. Remake, re-imagining, it's all the same to me and ones like this are pointless, not to mention insulting to the originals. I certainly won't be seeing it.
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    4:54PM on 03/15/2010
    really? a movie can be insulted? that's a pretty ingenious concept, perhaps you should explore that with a research grant, you could probably lecture on the amazing discovery of such a dynamic.
    really? a movie can be insulted? that's a pretty ingenious concept, perhaps you should explore that with a research grant, you could probably lecture on the amazing discovery of such a dynamic.
    7:49PM on 03/15/2010
    Your response is so ridiculously stupid, I won't even dignify it with a direct response.
    Your response is so ridiculously stupid, I won't even dignify it with a direct response.
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