12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Karate Kid

The ’80s were full of teen worthy flicks to watch over and over. Among these cinematic gems is The Karate Kid. Daniel LaRusso’s fight to be accepted by the karate community and win the heart of the most popular girl in high school is the stuff movie magic is made of. Even if you think this movie by heart, check out these fast facts that are sure to surprise!

1. Pat Morita was originally turned down for the role of Mr. Miyagi.
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2. The song “You’re The Best” was originally written for Rocky III.

3. The original script Daniel LaRusso’s last name was Webber.
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4. Darryl Vidal, who has a 10th degree Black Belt in karate, was the stunt double to perform the iconic scene of Mr. Miyago doing the crane kick on the wooden post.
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5. Speaking of the crane kick, it was totally made up for the movie.
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6. Ralph Macchio sustained a real bruise to his chin during the Halloween fight with members of the Cobra Kai.
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7. Pat Morita faked his Japanese accent for the movie.
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8. Ralph was 22 when he filmed The Karate Kid.
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9. Charlie Sheen was almost cast to play Daniel.
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10. Elisabeth Shue took time off from Harvard to be in the movie.
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11. After the film wrapped, producers gifted Ralph the same car Mr. Miyagi gifted Daniel in the movie.
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12. Pat Morita didn’t know a lick of karate, aside from some basic training he received prior to filming.
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