Ralph Macchio, The Original Karate Kid, Has Mixed Feelings About Remake

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We cling pretty tightly to our 1980′s pop culture touchstones, which is why we weren’t thrilled when we heard there would be a Karate Kid remake. Who can forget William Zabka and his thugs in the Cobra Kai, tormenting New Jersey import Daniel Larusso until it all culminated in the ultimate crane kick? It’s etched in our brain, so imagine how the original film’s star, Ralph Macchio must have felt when he learned that his role was being taken over by Jaden Smith.

Macchio was unsure about a remake, he admitted, saying “It’s like mixed feelings. At first, I felt old. Number one, you feel old when they start remaking your stuff. Once I got passed 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.’” In the end, Macchio passed the the torch to Smith and attended the new flick’s premiere, but remains proud of the original film’s legacy. “We didn’t know what we were doing,” he told Access Hollywood. “We didn’t know the magic that was happening and the Pat Morita performance [as Mr. Miyagi] and all the Cobra Kai and ‘wax on, wax off’ and catching flies with your chopsticks and the crane just became part of everyone’s childhood and that’s what I’m here celebrating.” Indeed. Now excuse us while we go curl our hair to look exactly like Elisabeth Shue‘s, our most favorite 80′s teen girlfriend.

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