William Zabka additionally discusses discovering the stability between the present’s levity and respecting the severity of Miguel’s damage.

With Cobra Kai Season 3 now as a result of hit Netflix on New Years Day, weve bought rather a lot of Cobra Kai content material coming your manner very quickly starting with the non-spoiler portion of our chat with Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. While this part of the dialog does persist with the materials we noticed in the trailer, it feels price noting that if youre somebody who prefers to enter Season 3 with minimal context, you would possibly need to save this interview till after watching the first few episodes of the season.

If youre nonetheless with me, how about these Okinawa scenes? Even although a lot of The Karate Kid Part II takes place in Okinawa with Daniel (Macchio) accompanying Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) house after he will get phrase that his father isnt doing nicely, the film was really shot in Hawaii. For Cobra Kai Season 3, nevertheless, the group really bought the OK to journey to Okinawa for filming. Heres how Macchio described the expertise:

It was a whirlwind. Im actually grateful and proud of the manufacturing and Sony for letting us go there for what was solely about two days of capturing. [Laughs] It was like an extended weekend. Most of the time was in the air. It was blessed, you recognize? It simply felt like I used to be in the land of Miyagi and I lastly bought there, and Yugi was with me. Tamlyn didn’t get to go so the stuff with Kumiko we have been capable of shoot stateside if you’ll. We had one attractive day of climate and one simply depressing day of climate, and we have been capable of cherry decide and get what we would have liked.

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He additionally revealed a bit of touring hiccup to maintain a watch out for however, in all honesty, even after going again to search for this element, I couldnt inform the distinction!

We landed and the wardrobe was on one other airplane that was transferred so then we needed to match a shirt as a result of it didnt make it there in time and we solely had two days however it was that one lovely location overlooking the panorama and the water, it felt blessed to be there.

Another main perk of this portion of the Season 3 storyline? It gave Macchio the alternative to reunite along with his Karate Kid Part II co-stars, Tamlyn Tomita and Yuji Okumoto:

Its the identical factor I discuss when Billy and I stepped on collectively; theres only a historical past and also you share one thing thats an unstated language, that theres a connection and each of them did such a phenomenal job, introduced their A video games. With Tamlyn it was like we have been these youngsters, you recognize? It was smiley and it was candy and it was angelic and all these issues that you simply keep in mind from that movie. We couldnt assist however be that manner! And it lends itself to the story. It has that line the place, Its been 30 years, however it seems like 5 minutes, and it felt that manner with each of them. And Yugi does such a spectacular flip in his character and he is aware of the place the comedy is and the motion and the drama and the coronary heart, and that every one comes by way of with each of them so Im actually proud to have that on this season.

Ralph Macchio and Yuji Okumoto in Cobra Kai Season 3

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Its an plain deal with to see the return of Kumiko and Chozen in the sequence, however as thrilling as it’s to see them again on display with Daniel, their return has to have a objective and Macchio insists that that’s the case right here:

It additionally propels the story, the LaRusso [and] Johnny Lawrence story. Its not simply there as a standalone. Its, how do you take care of a rival and how are you going to get to the different aspect?

If youd like to listen to extra about Cobra Kai Season 3 from Macchio and Zabka, together with Zabkas expertise discovering the stability between the severity of Miguels damage and protecting the reveals levity intact, take a look at the full non-spoiler portion of our dialog at the prime of this text. Well have the spoiler-heavy materials for you when Cobra Kai Season 3 arrives on Netflix on Friday, January 1st.

William Zabka and Xolo Mariduena in Cobra Kai Season 3

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Ralph Macchio and William Zabka:

  • Macchio discusses his expertise filming in Okinawa for actual this time.
  • Macchio talks about reuniting with Tamlyn Tomita and Yuji Okumoto.
  • Zabka talks about discovering the applicable stability between sustaining levity and respecting the severity of Miguels damage.
  • Zabka on the rising relationship between him and Xolo Mariduea on display.


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