Ralph Macchio on Paying Off ‘Karate Kid III’ in ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 2 [Interview]

/Film | 4/22/2019 | Fred Topel
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Cobra Kai revisited Ralph Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso 35 years after his victory at the All Valley Karate Tournament. His student didn’t win this time, but season two promises to see Daniel reopen Miyagi-Do Karate in Mr. Miyagi’s honor, including training his daughter Samantha.

Cobra Kai became YouTube Premium’s biggest hit and they ordered the second season within a week, after 20 million views. Now the anticipation for season two is even higher than it was for the return of the beloved franchise. Daniel is going to have to face John Kreese (Martin Kove) again, and even relive some forgotten moments from The Karate Kid Part III.

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Macchio spoke with /Film by phone out of New York before the premiere of Cobra Kai’s second season. He’d just gotten back from a warm welcome at SXSW and gave us more insights into what challenges still face the original Karate Kid. Season two of Cobra Kai premieres at on April 24 on YouTube Premium.

We spoke before season one and we were all excited to see Cobra Kai. When it premiered and became such a hit, how did that change things?

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Listen, it didn’t change I think what our initial instincts were and the direction we’ve always wanted to go as far as moving forward. What it did, it certainly gave you the confidence that all the tonal stuff that was always in question – is it going to be funny, is it going to be dramatic, is it going to be action scenes, is it a drama, is it a comedy, is it going to be cheesy – we checked all the boxes and you’ve got to credit Jon, Josh and Hayden who are the brain trust of the vision for this show. It was a big validation to what their vision was. Moving forward, it’s...
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