Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita reunited to discuss ‘The Karate Kid’ before they could hug each other

A recent special on YouTube Red, “The Cobra Kai” (which was actually self-titled), found some of the original stars from the ’80s comedy hit “The Karate Kid” reuniting for an arc set in a…

Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita reunited to discuss ‘The Karate Kid’ before they could hug each other

A recent special on YouTube Red, “The Cobra Kai” (which was actually self-titled), found some of the original stars from the ’80s comedy hit “The Karate Kid” reuniting for an arc set in a continuation of the saga.

“The Karate Kid” creator Harald Kloser wrote and directed the scene featuring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, played by Pat Morita and William Zabka, respectively. “I’m always a bit nervous,” Kloser said on the show. “I’m always thinking, ‘What can go wrong?’ But then you know, all these guys can act. Some actors have it more than others, and they all have it in them. These guys are just like that. They can really move.”

Zabka later told Cinema Blend that the cameo idea came from Gary Richards, who played Mona on the show’s original 1980s episodes. He explained that he told Kloser he wanted to meet with the actor from the film and discuss it with him.

“Gary really wanted to do something with Ralph,” Zabka said.

Zabka had originally hoped to meet Morita, but his schedule didn’t work out. To be up to speed on the new “Karate Kid,” he watched the new movie with Morita and Zabka before meeting them for the first time.

“We all went to meet Ralph and Pat and it was kind of surreal, just being there with all of them,” Zabka said. “Just to be around, to see a room full of ex-assassins, super soldiers, that is kind of cool, but … . To see Pat, who I am so grateful to work with, he had been my friend for so long and Ralph for so long. It was crazy just seeing him up there. …

“I was sitting there with Ralph and Pat and I’m thinking, ‘I wonder how they’re going to write their scene? I have no idea.’ And then Pat told Ralph and I, ‘I can’t do this, Ralph and I don’t talk.'”

Then his phone rang, the message that he had been waiting for.

“But that’s the thing about Ralph and Pat,” Zabka said. “We actually do talk to each other. … Ralph and Pat text.”

But the very next day, Zabka got a call from Morita.

“Pat was in a meeting with Gary and I was in the other room and he said, ‘Ralph and Pat just called, can you meet up with them?’ I was like, ‘I would love to’ because it was so early in the morning. He was in the afternoon. So I said, ‘OK, of course I will’ and I showed up and it was Ralph and Pat all dressed up and they all wanted to come to dinner with us that night. And that’s a really, really cool story, I will take that over a ton of places.”

He added that he loved that they built the timeline from the ’80s to the present day, as if no one had gotten wiser on the subject.

“It’s actually great,” Zabka said. “We have no knowledge of the new film and it is kind of cutting in half which was sort of cool. We don’t know what’s going on in anybody’s life.”

To be extra sure that he would know how to introduce the characters, Zabka made a note of each of their first names for later use.

“As much as it was fun just for me, it was pretty awesome to be able to involve them in the project in that way,” Zabka said. “They were really psyched. They were so funny and nervous and uncomfortable to meet, and honestly too embarrassed to talk. It was awesome to be there, and when Pat texted me to say that Ralph and Pat sent us a text message saying how proud they were of us, that is the ultimate glory, absolutely the ultimate.”

You can watch the Karate Kid reunion scene here.

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