COBRA KAI star Ralph Macchio talks about how the show honors Mr Miyagi and says that Pat Morita “would have loved all this” – GeekTyrant

Cobra Kai is back! Season 4 of the series has just been released on Netflix on December 31st, and fans are talking about the explosive finale! The show has pumped out one strong season after another and they are currently working on season 5. The series is an ingenious combination of nostalgia, great writing and acting, humor and heart, and everyone involved seems to know how special it is. is.

When talking about the series with The Hollywood Reporter, star in the movies and series Ralph Macchio was asked how he felt about the series’ efforts to honor the film’s deceased star, Pat Moritawho played Mr. Miyagi. Macchio said:

For me, the first day I heard the concept from the creators of the show, it was something that was so important to me to get the character woven throughout the series. It gives great respect to the character and tribute to our partnership and the magic we shared, the special connection.

He would have loved all this. And I talk to his daughters on occasion and stay connected that way. I did not have to fight to have Miyagi on the show, the creators were all over it. But it’s something we work on together to inform the next generation, to inform the story of the young cast and young audience, who embrace the show and watch it with their parents and grandparents.

It’s great to share the legacy of the Miyagi character and how he still speaks today. We feel that spirit on the set. It’s important, for me personally, to keep the grounded element of the show with those greater than the heights of life. It needs that heart.

The character is still very much intertwined in the program’s theme, and Mr. Miyagi has clearly shaped Macchio’s character Daniel LaRusso into the man we see in the series today. I do not know that any other teenage movie from the 80s could make a universe so rich and loved by the viewers, so it’s just amazing how this show is handled.

Cobra Kai Season 1-4 is currently being streamed on Netflix.

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