Where Did Daniel LaRusso’s Famous Headband Come From?

Any fan of the 1984 traditional “The Karate Kid” would immediately acknowledge the legendary headband Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) wore all through his time coaching with Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). The headband journeys with him via the movie, with its most notable inclusion being on the All Valley Karate Tournament within the movie’s climax. But many followers could not know its precise origins, or the way it got here to be such a symbolic factor of the movie and its franchise.

Here’s what it’s essential find out about Daniel LaRusso’s iconic headband.

The Headband Was Included By Accident

As defined by Ralph Macchio in a 2014 video with OWN, the headscarf was not initially within the script. In reality, it wasn’t even a scarf in any respect, however merely considered one of Pat Morita’s handkerchiefs. Morita, considering it might work, improvised by turning it into a scarf and inserting it on Macchio’s head. As Macchio described it, “Pat Morita had this as a handkerchief in his pocket, and he simply took it out to pat his forehead, and so then he simply determined to place it on me. But it was by no means within the script, and so it is turn into just a little bit of popular culture proper there.”

Macchio additionally revealed that the headscarf, which at that time was in his possession, was not the one artifact from the movie he bought to maintain. In the video, Macchio showcases the legendary trophy gained by Daniel after the climactic struggle (followers would possibly bear in mind Daniel shouting to Mr. Miyagi, “We did it!” as he held up the trophy whereas being embraced by the gang).

However, the trophy’s engraving may not be what you’d count on: as a substitute of honoring Daniel LaRusso, it really honors Macchio himself. The engraving reads:

Ralph Macchio

All Valley Karate Tournament


The Karate Kid

Although the movie was launched in 1984, “1983” is a reference to when the movie (and the scene) was shot.

“I’m feelin’ fairly old proper now,” stated Macchio as he mirrored on the 30 years it had been because the movie’s capturing.

Macchio Reflected on the Hardships He Faced After ‘The Karate Kid’

Later within the interview (a number of years earlier than “Cobra Kai” had even began manufacturing), Macchio additionally mentioned the impression “The Karate Kid” had on him after the movie’s launch. He stated that though Daniel LaRusso “was an enormous a part of who I used to be,” the character had way more “chutzpah” than Macchio did. “If I have been confronted by bullies,” the actor stated, “I’d usually tap-dance my approach out of that situation.”

He stated that in 1986, after the New York Mets had gained the World Series, and “The Karate Kid Part II” was within the theaters, he thought, “What might go unsuitable from right here? I determine I’ll work on and off for probably the most half till I’m about 30, perhaps 35, after which I’ll relax and simply take pleasure in life.” He stated of himself at that stage of life:

What an fool. You know, it is simply youth. It simply appears really easy. But that wasn’t the case, it was a battle, being somebody who was now 26 and nonetheless in a position to play a highschool pupil, that created sure points for me graduating within the roles which may’ve been richer subsequent.

The well-known headband, which includes a blue lotus flower design towards a white background, returned in episode 5 of season 1 of “Cobra Kai,” which was devoted to the late Pat Morita’s reminiscence. It is close to the top of the episode, proper after Daniel places on the headscarf, that he decides to renew his old apply of karate, after consulting with Mr. Miyagi’s grave earlier.

The headband was so legendary it has created fan-made response movies and replicas of it are even being offered on-line, on Amazon and different websites.

In order to catch extra of “Cobra Kai,” you should definitely tune into Netflix when it’s launched December 31.


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