The surprising difference between Pat Morita in Karate Kid and Ralph Macchio in Cobra Kai
We look at the most striking and notable difference between Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid and Ralph Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso’s character in Cobra Kai.
At this point we are all clear that Cobra Kai, the successful series that began in YouTube Premium and that now has come to Netflix after two seasons, he inevitably (and necessarily) drinks from the original Karate Kid movies. The series starring William Zabka and Ralph Macchio evokes nostalgia for the original films in each episode, whether based on flashbacks or with situations that make us remember the most endearing and emotional moments of the saga.
Many of these moments have to do with the relationship and parallelism that exists between Daniel LaRusso in Cobra Kai and the mr miyagi in Karate Kid. LaRusso tries to instruct his students in the Miyagi-Do Karate like the character of Noriyuki “Pat” Morita instructed him in his day.
However, it is impossible for us not to notice an abysmal difference between the two actors and the moment they assumed their roles as Karate senseis. Mainly in the physical aspect between Morita and Macchio.
Pat Morita was 52 years old when the original karate kid movie. However, the appearance of the American actor of Japanese descent made him look older, much older. In part, its charm is due to that fragile appearance that was capable of giving you a pearl of wisdom or shaking you like a carpet on cleaning day. On the other hand, in Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio has 58 years, six more than Norita in her day (4 and 5 more in the respective seasons). However, LaRusso’s look is much more youthful and energetic than Morita’s.
Naturally, this is due to factors such as characterization, makeup, and directly that both actors had very different lives outside of the filming set. LaRusso is also finding new ways to instruct his students beyond his sensei’s teachings. But Miyagi-san’s shadow is very long.