Ralph Macchio explains how
Ralph Macchio explains how the new season of Cobra Kai is honoring the legacy of the late Mr Miyagi, played by the late actor Pat Morita. Credits: Sony Pictures Television, Netflix

Ralph Macchio explains how the new season of Cobra Kai is honoring the legacy of the late Mr Miyagi, played by the late actor Pat Morita, as Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso teams up with William Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence to take down the new Cobra Kai helmed by the villain, John Kreese and Terry Silver, played by Martin Kove and Thomas Ian Griffith respectively.

Ralph Macchio explains how Mr Miyagi is being honored

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about Season 4 of Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio said that he maintains a real-life relationship with the late Pat Morita’s family and that their friendship is just as bonded as their onscreen relationship.

“A Miyagi-ism and a lesson in life. It’s those themes as well as bullying and a fish-out-of-water overcoming obstacles… are ingrained into the Karate Kid Miyagi-verse, as we call it.

And it is those elements of the Cobra Kai series that are the foundation that allows it to find its own voice and tone.

For me, on the first day that I heard the concept from the creators of the show, that was something that was so important to me, to have [Mr. Miyagi] woven throughout the series.

It is paying great respect to the character and homage to our partnership and that magic that we shared, that special connection.

He would have loved all this. And I speak to his daughters on occasion and stay connected in that way.

I didn’t have to fight to have Miyagi in the show, the creators were all over it.

But it is something we work at together to inform the next generation, to inform the story to the young cast and young audience who are embracing the show and watching it with their parents and grandparents.

It is great to share the legacy of the Miyagi character and how he still speaks today. We feel that spirit on the set.

Macchio also touched on how he feels about the Karate Kid 3 movie, adding that the film’s story eventually fit with Cobra Kai, what with the return of the villain Terry Silver.

Cobra kai has been receiving widespread praise for its efforts and success at rebooting a huge movie franchise into an addictive television spin-off series.

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