Ralph Macchio says he was never given a heads-up about The Karate Kid films in 1994 and 2010

  • Macchio, 60, opened up about his experiences in his new memoir Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me 
  • Macchio played the role of Daniel LaRusso in 1984’s The Karate Kid and its two sequels, 1986’s The Karate Kid Part II and 1989’s The Karate Kid Part III 
  • He said he was not notified about the 1994 and 2010 films in the franchise 
  • He said he subsequently spoke with Will Smith and Jaden about the 2010 film 
  • Macchio has reprised the role on the series Cobra Kai since 2018 

The Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio said he was never told about two major projects linked with the franchise, 1994’s The Karate Kid Part III and the 2010 remake The Karate Kid.

The Huntington, New York native, 60, opened up about his experiences in his new memoir Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me, which was released Tuesday.

Macchio, who played the role of Daniel LaRusso in 1984’s The Karate Kid and its two sequels, 1986’s The Karate Kid Part II and 1989’s The Karate Kid Part III. He said he learned about the 1994 film, titled The Next Karate Kid, via the newspaper.

The latest: The Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio, 60, said he was never told about two major projects linked with the franchise, 1994's The Karate Kid Part III and the 2010 remake The Karate Kid. He was pictured Tuesday in NYC

The latest: The Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio, 60, said he was never told about two major projects linked with the franchise, 1994’s The Karate Kid Part III and the 2010 remake The Karate Kid. He was pictured Tuesday in NYC 

‘That is how I learned [the film] was being made … I saw it in the newspaper,’ Macchio said. ‘They went with a different writer, a different director and a different actor for the protagonist.’

In the reports, producer Jerry Weintraub said that Macchio had grown ‘too old’ to play the role, as Hilary Swank was cast in the leading role of Julie Pierce alongside the late Pat Morita, who reprised his role as Mr. Miyagi in the motion picture.

The Emmy-nominated actor said of the film – which hit theaters in August of 1994 and grossed $15.8 million at the worldwide box office – ‘To this day, for whatever reason, I have not viewed that movie curtain-to-curtain.

‘I have only seen it in pieces when scrolling through movie channels on television. It was strange for me, as I wasn’t in contact with anyone from the franchise during those years.’

In the reports, producer Jerry Weintraub said that Macchio had grown 'too old' to play the role in the 1994 movie, as Hilary Swank was cast in the leading role of Julie Pierce alongside the late Pat Morita, who reprised his role as Mr. Miyagi in the motion picture

In the reports, producer Jerry Weintraub said that Macchio had grown ‘too old’ to play the role in the 1994 movie, as Hilary Swank was cast in the leading role of Julie Pierce alongside the late Pat Morita, who reprised his role as Mr. Miyagi in the motion picture 

Jaden Smith starred in the 2010 movie The Karate Kids with Jackie Chan

Jaden Smith starred in the 2010 movie The Karate Kids with Jackie Chan 

Macchio has reprised the role on the series Cobra Kai since 2018

Macchio has reprised the role on the series Cobra Kai since 2018

The Cobra Kai actor said he learned about the 2010 remake – produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and starring Jaden Smith – in 2008 when he was asked about it by a reporter.

‘I recall being caught off guard trying to process the concept,’ he said. ‘I remember saying that I am not the biggest fan of most remakes … I then went on to say that I was hoping there would be more original content coming out of Hollywood soon.’

Macchio said Smith called him amid a report he described as ‘clickbait’ that read, ‘Macchio Slams Remake.’

He said, ‘He led off the call with a playful, “Look, I know I’m messin’ with your baby … but I promise I will do it right … respect, homage, respect.” He was cool and the intentions were clear.’

The Huntington, New York native opened up about his experiences in his new memoir Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me , which was released Tuesday

The Huntington, New York native opened up about his experiences in his new memoir Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me , which was released Tuesday

Macchio said they ‘had an upbeat conversation with a lot of laughs and mutual respect exchanged … and in return, he offered to involve me in the remake in any way I wanted and said that the door was open. 

‘I felt very strongly that stepping back and allowing him and his team to reimagine the story their own way would be best for all.’

Macchio said he then spoke with Jaden, advising him to ‘kick some butt’ in the role.

‘But I couldn’t avoid the awareness that, in the moment, I felt very much like an Obi-Wan to a young Skywalker. As if I were handing off the lightsaber to a new-generation Jedi warrior.’

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