Back in September we got our first look at the new version of The Karate Kid which stars Jaden Pinkett-Smith and Jackie Chan and today People magazine brings us the first promo photo from the new flick of the dynamic duo:
Learning the moves of a true martial arts fighter, Will Smith’s youngest son Jaden Smith is proving he has what it takes when he stars opposite Jackie Chan in a remake of the 1984 classic, The Karate Kid, due in theaters June 11. “I trained every day for four months with Master Wu [the film’s fight coordinator],” Jaden, 11, tells PEOPLE as he takes on his first leading role as an American boy named Dre Parker who moves to China. “We did a lot of stretching.” Jaden mastered front kicks and upper blocks through his hard work ethic and dedication, says Chan, 55, who plays maintenance man Mr. Han – an unlikely friend to Jaden’s character. “He took the training very seriously. I was very impressed with him,” he adds. While filming in Beijing, including atop the Great Wall of China, Chan was more than a martial arts mentor to his young costar. “Jackie taught me to ask, ‘My left or camera left?'” says Jaden on learning the important directions of acting in front of the movie camera. “That helped.” As the two stars built a dynamic relationship on screen, the teacher and student bond translated into real life. “Jaden had a lot of respect for me as his teacher, even off the set,” says Chan. “He is professional as many adult actors who have been in the business for years.” And, as Jaden became a true karate kid, he realized that there is more to martial arts than just the kicking and punching – there are lasting lessons of obedience to be instilled. In fact Jaden’s parents appreciate the discipline he learned. “His dad told me that Jaden had changed,” says Chan. “When he takes his shoes off, he doesn’t throw them in the corner, but puts them away neatly!”
I dunno … as I mentioned in my last post on this new version of The Karate Kid, I’m not sure I’m at all interested in a remake of such a classic film. This new version is helped by the fact that it’s a completely new retelling of the story and seems to be only related to the original film in name only. I actually just rewatched the original Karate Kid, Part II and that movie sequel still holds up after all these years (the Part III and the subsequent The Next Karate Kid which starred Hilary Swank do not, IMHO, hold up all these years later). I suppose this new film can be great for young viewers unfamiliar with the original film … as for me, I’m a Karate Kid purist … I think I’ll take a pass on this remake. Are any of y’all interested in seeing this new Karate Kid?