The remake of one of the 80's most venerable films The Karate Kid hits theaters today. The reviews for the film seem mixed and it's uncertain if it will be heralded as the vehicle which truly introduces the franchise to a new generation. However, star of the classic original Ralph Macchio isn't quite ready to pass the crane kick, drum punch-dealing torch to young Jaden Smith just yet. Funny or Die has given Macchio the platform to take that spotlight back with its latest video Wax On, F**k Off.
It seems Ralph's obscurity is rooted in one fundamental problem -- he's too damn nice for his own good!
Check out the video over at Funny or Die. (Warning: NSFW Audio.)
Besides a recent run on Ugly Betty and a brief comeback with 1992's My Cousin Vinny, Ralph Macchio has kept a relatively low profile since his 80's heyday. The fact that he's resurfaced to address the upcoming Karate Kid remake is humorous enough. However, the video also serves as clever satire on the reality of the irrational factors which go into stardom in the entertainment world. There's more than a subtle hint of truth in how one of the most sought-after teen idols in the world suddenly dropped off the face of the Earth when he decided to live his life being a dedicated family man rather than some drug-addicted degenerate man-child. Perhaps the Cobra Kai's had it right: In the real world, it seems that mercy is truly for the weak.
I have yet to see Jaden Smith's outing as The Karate Kid, but there is no denying that Ralph Macchio's run with those films not only created an influx of business for karate dojos across the world, but helped define a generation. (At least the first two films, anyway. The third was an absolute abomination that was generic and destroyed any character growth.)
If you're the type like me that finds any excuse to work a Karate Kid quote into any conversation, then you need to check out this video. It's a satirical film, not a knitting class! (You see?)