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Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) gives a car to Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) for his birthday.

As fans of the Karate Kid series know, one of Daniel LaRusso’s (Ralph Macchio) main relationships was with his sensei, Mr. LaRusso. Miyagi (Pat Morita). In Cobra Kai, the owner of the LaRusso Auto group keeps the memory of his mentor alive through Miyagi-do karate.

The relationship between Miyagi and Daniel has been of cultural importance since the premiere of The Karate Kid in 1984. Some fans may have wondered if the actors who played the iconic characters were close in real life.

Macchio commented on his relationship with the late actor in an interview with.

GettyRalph Macchio at Comic-Con in San Diego in 2019 : Day two.

In a recent interview on the Sway podcast, hosted by Kara Swisher, Macchio talked about his relationship with the actor, who died in 2005.

He began talking about the importance of Miyagi in Daniel’s life, noting that he had asked to be separated from his mentor for the production of Cobra Kai.

I wouldn’t have used [the word] command, but I felt the need when I heard the pitch to come on board to weave in the Miyagi character, the actor explained.

Swisher implied that he was a personal friend of Morita. Macchio explained that although they had a strong bond, the actors were not too close.

I would say no, not because he is involved in my personal life and I am involved in his. I was very close to him at the time and over the years the importance and relevance of our collaboration on screen around the world has become so clear to me, the actor explained.

He went on to say that he liked being Morita’s partner.

That was, that was really the definition of magic when we were shooting these scenes, there was give and take, the 59-year-old said. It was like a perfect, effortless tango. It was reckless, that’s the word. I knew nothing of his wealth, I only knew it was easy to do, and therein lies the truth for me. There was something from the other world, or whatever you want to call it.

McKio has already talked about including Cobra KaiStory Miyagi.

GettyPat Morita poses at the Democratic National Convention in 2000.

Macchio has already spoken about his desire to bring Miyagi into the Cobra Kai in a 2019 interview with Forbes. He said at the time of publication:

The main thing before I got involved in the series was that the essence of Miyagi and his teachings, the relationship they had and how they shaped and molded [Daniel’s] life. And if he was somehow lost, that would mean he had to be found.

The show showcases this journey for Daniel.

The first season had such a void in its life because Miyagi was dead. His daughter had lost interest in martial arts, Macchio explains. So before the fifth episode, when he puts on the scarf and giant after visiting Miyagi’s grave, the pantry is just dusty. It was such an entertaining part of the first season, tying the two stories together.

To learn more about Ralph Macchio, don’t forget to watch season 3 of Cobra Kai, available on Netflix.

NEXT:William Zabka talks about his karate mentor in real life.

frequently asked questions

Was Ralph Macchio at Pat Morita’s funeral?

Actor Ralph Macchio at the memorial service for his fellow actor Pat Morita in The Karate Kid at Palm Mortuary and Memorial Park …

Can Ralph Macchio really do karate?

Ralph Macchio took karate lessons. He never went into the belt system per se, but studied (as in training) for film. In the second film, Karate Kid: I had more time to practice in the second half, so I did better, he said. In the first, I had a few weeks, he said on the way out.

Are Ralph Macchio and William Zabka friends?

Yeah, I mean, we were friends for years, over ten years, we became friends through comics and stuff, and then I met your mom and we started dating, Zabka explained. … You can watch the full interview of Macchio and Zabka in the video at the top of the page.

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