‘Cobra Kai’ Stars Ralph Macchio & William Zabka On “The Gift” Reprising ‘Karate Kid’ Roles And Challenges Of Middle-Aged Stunt Work – Contenders TV

‘Cobra Kai’ Stars Ralph Macchio & William Zabka On “The Gift” Reprising ‘Karate Kid’ Roles And Challenges Of Middle-Aged Stunt Work – Contenders TV
On Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka have picked up with their iconic Karate Kid characters decades down the line. When the actors were approached for the martial arts drama, they of course recognized the rare opportunity in front of them. “[It’s] wonderful to play characters 34 years apart, and yet discover new things about them,” Macchio said during an appearance with Zabka at Deadline’s virtual Contenders Television awards-season event.

Created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, Cobra Kai centers on the renewed rivalry of Karate Kid‘s antagonists Daniel Larusso (Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (Zabka).

While the series debuted on YouTube Red and moved over to Netflix in its third season, it has enjoyed critical acclaim and fan engagement all along the way. This level of success wasn’t taken for granted. Certainly, though, its stars are enjoying the ride.

“The Karate Kid is…the gift that keeps on giving,
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