June 9th, 2010
02:05 PM ET
Remakes don't always go over well with moviegoers, and this seems to be especially true when it's a franchise as beloved as "The Karate Kid."
Ralph Macchio, who played Daniel Larusso in "Karate Kid" parts I, II and III, admitted to Access Hollywood that he, too, was a little unsure of the reboot at first, which stars Will Smith’s son Jaden as the kid who picks up the martial art and Jackie Chan as the master who teaches him.
“It’s like mixed feelings,” he said before joking that “number one, you feel old when they’re remaking your stuff.”
But the 48-year-old added that once he got past that, he came around to the idea of telling the story again. He brought his 14-year-old son Daniel, named after his character, to the premiere Monday in Los Angeles.
"It’s a testament to the legacy that we created that we didn’t even know we were creating," the actor said, because with the first film, “We didn’t know what we were doing. 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."
Macchio said, "I don’t look at it as the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. It’s not the passing of the torch as much as it is the celebration of a great story."
Jackie Chan added that fans shouldn't expect too many parallels between his movie and the 80s classic. "When we make 'The Karate Kid,' we just want a new 'Karate Kid.' It's not the old one," Chan said. "So, I'm not Miyagi. I'm just Jackie Chan."
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