Boomer Esiason interviewing Ralph Macchio on the enduring legacy of The Karate Kid? Yes, sign me up. Oh, and did you know they're doing a remake? Wax on. Wax off.
Daniel-San appeared on the Boomer and Carton show on WFAN radio on Tuesday, and it didn't take long for the topic to land on our favorite 1984 film. Macchio:
"I'm not so sure I'm out of that mold outside of the fact that I'm aging enough that I don't look exactly as I did twenty something years ago. That movie came about at a certain time and it was a pretty big hit and it sort of stood the test of time through generations. It's a tough thing to shake, I was in the films "The Outsiders" and "My Cousin Vinny" and these other films that found their place, but I think on my tombstone, The Karate Kid will be between my first and last name."
Of course you knew that Will Smith is directing a remake, to star his son, Jaden. Hmm, is this wise?
"So one day I get this phone call and it's Will Smith asking for advice. I told him that if you can find your own way to carve your own angle into the story, the story will work forever. It's whether you guys choose to do a copycat version. ... I think it's going to be a tall order and I think replacing what Pat Morita, the magic of Mr. Miyagi is going to be a huge task."
And who will play that role? Oh no.
Why must all of out favorite cult movies be despoiled? And more importantly, who will play Johnny Lawrence? Oh, this thing has disaster written all over it. I can't wait to see it.