“I would have to carry it for the rest of my life”: Ralph Macchio Was Ashamed of One Feature of ‘The Karate Kid’ That He Claimed Everyone On the Set Hated

Ralph Macchio Was Ashamed of One Feature of 'The Karate Kid' That He Claimed Everyone On the Set Hated

The Karate Kid is an iconic film starring Ralph Macchio in the lead role. The film was released in 1984 and became a massive hit, which led to its many sequels. While the film was appreciated by the audience, there was one thing about the film that wasn’t appreciated by the actor.


In fact, during an interview, the actor also claimed that the entire film crew wasn’t content with one aspect of the film. However, over time, the film became a cult. Macchio also expressed his insecurity about his iconic role, as he claimed that there were many strong contenders for the role. 

Ralph Macchio
Ralph Macchio

Ralph Macchio revealed that one aspect of the film was disapproved by the entire crew of his iconic film

Ralph Macchio is a renowned actor, who rose to fame with his 1984 film The Karate Kid. Despite being a big success, the people involved in the film weren’t content with a major selling point of the film: its title The Karate Kid.

During an interview with Business Insider, Macchio shared that the time he got the script of the film, he was skeptical about it, as the title sounded very basic to him. Machhio humorously said, 

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“I just kept thinking the title is so lame and if it worked I would have to carry it for the rest of my life. And it wasn’t just me, a lot of people on set didn’t think the title was good. Jerry Weintraub, our producer, said, “It’s a terrible title which makes it a great title.”

Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid
Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid

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During another interview (via Movie Web), Macchio revealed that though he wasn’t content with the original title, the alternate titles suggested for the film were even more bizarre. The actor said, 

“I thought, and I was not the only one who thought, it was kind of a hokey, kind of a cheesy title for a movie being directed by the guy who made Rocky. But maybe it was foreshadowing. Maybe I thought if I ever got the part I’d have to carry the damn thing for the rest of my life… I think John Avildsen, our director, said maybe it’s East Meets West in West?”

Macchio further shared that another title suggested for the film was “The Moment of Truth” in countries where karate was not seen as a very good thing.  After knowing about bizarre titles like  East Meets West in West and The Moment of Truth, the original title, The Karate Kid seems much more crisp and logical. 


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Ralph Macchio revealed that he was insecure about his role in the film

Ralph Macchio
Ralph Macchio

Throughout his career, Ralph Macchio has appeared in many films, but with his appearance in The Karate Kid, he became a household name. Macchio, who played the role of the titular Karate Kid, Daniel Larusso, revealed that the list of contenders for the part was so long that he was skeptical if he would be able to make it to the film or not.

The list of potential actors for the role included iconic actors like Nicolas Cage, Charlie Sheen, and Robert Downey Jr. Looking at his competitors Macchio got nervous that he may lose a breakthrough role. During the same interview, Macchio said, 


“I was found early. I was cast very early, but it was like one of those test deals where you’re not in yet. And I remember walking by and seeing Charlie Sheen hanging outside.”

However, eventually, Macchio made it to the film and became the face of the popular martial arts drama franchise. 

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Source: Business Insider, Movie Web


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