The original cut of ‘The Karate Kid’ had two confrontations between Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence that were eventually snipped from the final movie. In the first missing fight sequence, Lawrence sneaks a slice of pie onto LaRusso’s seat in the school cafeteria. A highly indignant LaRusso, with pants covered in blueberry pie, attacks Lawrence.
In the second fight scene that was removed, LaRusso is seen drinking from a water fountain and is harassed by Lawrence. A reference to the first fight is made in the wildly popular follow-up series ‘Cobra Kai’.
Ralph Macchio Sabotages the Sponsorship
The Columbia Coca-Cola war was a real thing. Ralph Macchio made no bones about his despise for the marketing that was being inserted into the film. During a scene in Mr. Miyagi’s dojo, Macchio subtly blocked the Sprite logo on a strategically placed bottle.
Obviously, this did not sit well with the fizzy drink giant and the crew was forced to reshoot the scene. Macchio made sure to allow just the briefest glimpse of the logo before obscuring it yet again.
Martin Kove’s Rage Lands Him the Part
Martin Kove, who played the belligerent John Kreese in 'The Karate Kid', was approached by director John Avildsen specifically requesting for Kove to audition for the role. Kove was determined to land the role, even turning down any other acting opportunities that came his way.
Unfortunately, Avildsen left Kove waiting for weeks. Kove was left irate and when the audition finally happened he let rip on Avildsen. His rage was so convincing that Avildesen immediately offered him the part!
Chad McQueen Lives Up to Being a Chad
Johnny Lawrence’s right-hand man, Dutch, was undoubtedly the most ruthless of Lawrence’s Cobra Kai entourage. The aggressive attitude of Chad McQueen, who played Dutch, was a case of life imitating art apparently as it has been reported that the crew found it difficult to work with McQueen on set.
A fight scene that found itself on the cutting room floor purportedly ends with McQueen being held in a headlock after having an outburst.
Pat Morita’s Vertical Challenges
Mr. Miyagi, while being lethal in his martial art abilities, did not cut an imposing figure. Standing at five feet and three inches, Pat Morita was notably shorter than the antagonists he had to stare down in the film.
The height differences were a challenge for the camera so the crew had Morita stand on a box in some of the face-to-face scenes to get the best shots.