‘Karate Child’ and ‘Cobra Kai’ Star Ralph Macchio on ’80s Nostalgia

‘Karate Child’ and ‘Cobra Kai’ Star Ralph Macchio on ’80s Nostalgia

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When requested if folks “lose their minds” once they hear how previous he’s, Ralph Macchio graciously concedes that no, they do not… however that they could be “slightly shocked.”

In a latest interview on Jimmy Kimmel Reside, Macchio—returning to the world of The Karate Child as soon as once more within the newest season of Netflix’s Cobra Kai—joked about sustaining his youthful look on the age of 60, calling himself a “man baby freak,” and spoke about what it means to him for his iconic ’80s film function to nonetheless be within the public consciousness.

“I knew it was beloved, and that the character was beloved,” he stated. “However to see it explode like this, it is multigenerational… I imply we have now 10, 12-year previous children and other people of their 60s and 70s and so they’re all watching the identical present. It is equal components nostalgia and now modern relevance. It is loopy.”


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Kimmel identified that ’80s nostalgia is at its peak proper now: along with Cobra Kai now coming into its fifth season, Madonna is again on the prime of the charts and Tom Cruise has the primary film together with his long-awaited sequel to Prime Gun.

“It is consolation meals, it is what we love,” stated Macchio. “And when the tales are well-executed, or the album is well-executed, or the film, the sequence, it turns into sensible when you possibly can attain all these audiences.”

He added that he nonetheless feels extremely grateful to have the ability to play Daniel in Cobra Kai at this stage of his profession, saying: “You create your individual luck, possibly, do you consider that, I do not know, I might say I reside by that now. However I acquired fortunate quite a lot of occasions, and right here we’re once more, and I am actually humbled by it.”