Back in 1984, Sony Pictures blessed the entertainment world with “The Karate Kid.” The film featured Ralph Macchio and Noriyuki “Pat” Morita.
The film was re-imagined in 2010, with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.
While most people understand the story of the film and have seen one version or another, there are still plenty of facts throughout that you may not have noticed.
So what are some facts that you may not have known about “The Karate Kid”?
Let’s take a look.
9. DANIEL RUSSO WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DANIEL WEBBER
While it seems out of the ordinary that Daniel LaRusso would have been referred to as Daniel Webber, that is the way it was written in the film’s original script.
8. DANIEL’S SHOWER COSTUME WAS FORESHADOWED IN MIYAGI’S SHOP
7. THAT WORKSHOP WAS ACTUALLY A PARKING LOT
The workshop appeared to be a detailed place, but it turned out to be simply a parking garage area that was blocked off solely for the purposes of the film.
6. DANIEL WENT TO WEST VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
One thing that was never revealed was the school where Daniel received his education.
As it turns out, while he was being mentored by Mr. Miyagi, Daniel was roaming the halls of West Valley High School.
5. DANIEL ACTUALLY RECEIVED THE “WAX ON/WAX OFF” YELLOW CAR
During the film, Daniel polished a yellow automobile for the “wax-on/wax-off” scene. In “The Karate Kid,” Mr. Miyagi offered the vehicle as a gift to Daniel on his birthday. However, in real life, Ralph Macchio received the iconic car from the film’s producer.
4. REFEREE IN FINAL MATCH IS CHUCK NORRIS PROTEGE
That’s right, Chuck Norris is tied to the classic film.
The referee in the final match was portrayed by Pat E. Johnson. Johnson was a karate expert and student of the great Chuck Norris. He also taught many of the actors moves used in the film, officially being credited as “fight instructor/choreographer.”
3. PAT MORITA DID NOT PERFORM THE CRANE KICK
The iconic image viewers have seeing the crane kick for the first time was not actually Pat Morita on the pole. Instead, it was portrayed by Darryl Vidal, who was a “Karate Semi-Finalist” in the tournament and a black belt.
Vidal is the man who showed off the crane kick technique in the film for the first time.
2. PAT MORITA INITIALLY IGNORED FOR MR. MIYAGI ROLE
Believe it or not, Mr. Miyagi was almost not played by Pat Morita.
According to The Films of John G. Avildsen, producer Jerry Weintraub initially wanted to go in a different direction because he feared the audience would not take Morita seriously because of his background in comedy. However, he sang a different tune after the initial audition.
1.”YOU’RE THE BEST” INITIALLY WRITTEN FOR DIFFERENT MOVIE
Could you imagine “The Karate Kid” without the video montage during the final tournament which featured “You’re The Best”? Well, that almost happened.
According to an interview on the Adam Corolla Show, it was revealed that the song may have been turned down by the film “Flashdance.”
“You’re The Best” was initially written by Bill Conti and Allee Willis to be used on “Rocky III,” but “Eye of the Tiger” ended up being the hit that we associate with Rocky today.