Oral History of ‘The Karate Kid’ with Ralph Macchio and William Zabka | Rotten Tomatoes

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Back in 1984, a scrappy kid from New Jersey named Daniel LaRusso moved cross-country to California’s San Fernando Valley and squared off against a gang of bullies with the help of his apartment building’s Okinawan maintenance man. More than 30 years later, the film’s legacy lives on in the YouTube Premium original series ‘Cobra Kai,’ which flips the script and asks, “What if Daniel was the bad guy all along?” ‘Cobra Kai’ stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka recently sat down with Rotten Tomatoes to reminisce about the original film, talking about their relationships with the late Pat Morita (Mr. Miyagi) and Martin Kove (John Kreese), their casting auditions, and what it was like filming the iconic climactic fight. Thankfully, the two remain friends to this day, and their love for the franchise still runs strong.

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