In the 1984 martial arts movie The Karate Kid, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) strikes to the San Fernando Valley and shortly meets Ali Mills (Elisabeth Shue). He takes an prompt liking to the West Valley High School scholar and begins to pursue her. This causes her ex-boyfriend Johnny Lawrence (William “Billy” Zabka), who’s a talented martial artist, to bully him. In response to the harassment, Daniel seeks out the assistance of Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) to be taught karate. Eventually, the Cobra Kai scholar and Daniel compete in opposition to one another on the 1984 All Valley Tournament. Unfortunately for Johnny, Daniel comes out victorious.
The acclaimed collection Cobra Kai takes place 34 years after the 1984 All Valley. Even although Johnny and Daniel are each of their 50s, they nonetheless resent one another and are continually at odds. However, at the end of Season 3, the martial artists determine to hitch their dojos to defeat Cobra Kai, owned by ruthless sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove), on the upcoming All Valley match.
Ralph Macchio Discussed Daniel & Johnny’s Alliance
During a January interview with Men’s Health, Ralph Macchio mentioned what followers can count on from Johnny and Daniel within the upcoming season. He famous on the time of the interview that Cobra Kai Season 4 was “being labored out and written,” which means that he couldn’t present too many particulars about it. However, he did observe the primary scene from the upcoming season would be the similar because the final scene from the Season 3 finale, the place Johnny and Daniel train their first karate lesson on the Miyagi-Do dojo.
“I can solely tease that the place it ends, it begins. It’s mainly a match-cut from the top. That’s the plan as of now,” defined the actor.
He additionally advised that regardless of their alliance, Johnny and Daniel will nonetheless have a turbulent relationship. He instructed the publication:
We discuss concerning the Ross and Rachel of our show being Daniel and Johnny—you’re keen on them collectively however you adore it once they’re at one another’s throats, and you have to preserve that ball up within the air.
Macchio Commented On the Character’s Teaching Styles
The 59-year-old additionally talked about how the previous rivals have a definite instructing model, which can possible trigger them to conflict. He famous that Johnny is “much more aggressive” when instructing his college students than Daniel. However, Macchio asserted that the characters share fairly a number of similarities, so they need to have the ability to make it work.
“It can be fascinating. And hopefully they be taught a bit from one another. They’re completely different however similar. That’s a Miyagi saying, nevertheless it’s true, they’re completely different however similar,” mentioned the actor. “If Daniel and Johnny had had completely different senseis, they’d have gone down reverse paths, and I believe that is what’s intelligent concerning the show. And in Season 4, the stakes have been laid out, it will be all concerning the All Valley match, so as soon as once more we’re bringing it proper again to The Karate Kid.”
To see extra of Macchio and Zabka, make sure you watch Cobra Kai, accessible on Netflix.