There could have been some curse to beating Johnny Lawrence and taking the championship title at the All Valley tournament for Daniel LaRusso. Ralph Macchio to date is the only main cast member of ‘The Karate Kid’ that has not won nor been nominated for an Academy Award.
Ironically, Pat Morita received an Oscar nod for his role as Mr. Miyagi. Elisabeth Shue won an Oscar for her role in ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ and William Zabka received a nomination with his directing partner for their 2003 short film ‘Most’.
It’s a Flower, Not a Sun, Dummy
'The Karate Kid' headband is iconic. Officially known as a Tenugui, the white cloth with the blue pattern had many an ‘80s kids tying handtowels and ties around their heads in imitation. And yet it was not even supposed to be featured in the film.
Pat Morita happened to have a handkerchief on him and adlibbed the headband by tying the handkerchief around Ralph Macchio’s head. In addition, many thought the pattern on the Tenugui was the sun when in fact it was a flower.
Mr. Miyagi Trains Sweden
A liberal Swedish political party, Folkpartiet (The People’s Party), drew on 'The Karate Kid' for some marketing slogan inspiration. The elections were a chance for the party to recruit young politicians to take part in a mentoring program by the party.
The slogan read “Utan Mr. Miyagi, ingen Daniel-san”. Translated into English, it reads: Without a Mr. Miyagi, there is no Daniel-san.”
Elisabeth Shue Makes It a Family Affair
No nepotism here. Perhaps just some cool celeb cred any sibling would be happy to cash in on. Elisabeth Shue had her brother play a small part in the movie. And when we say a small part we mean he pretty much just sat.
At the All-Valley tournament, Andrew is one of the contestants but it only goes as far as him scowling. 'The Karate Kid' may have been his entry into the showbiz world as he went on to play a feature role in 'Melrose Arch'.
Here’s a fact about Ralph Macchio’s age-defying looks that certainly will blow a mental fuse or two. Renee Handler, who plays Daniel LaRusso’s mother Lucille in The Karate Kid, was born in 1947. This means at the time of filming she was 37 years old.
Reasonable enough to be the mother of the then 16-year-old Daniel. But Ralph was actually going on 23 at the time of filming. Technically, then, Lucille LaRusso is only fourteen years older than her son!