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  • I want to congratulate you on "Cobra Kai."

  • I have watched I think almost all of them.

  • I am loving the show, I'm really enjoying it.

  • It seems like the perfect show right now

  • because it's this nice dose of nostalgia.

  • It's really fun and the show has a great sense of humor,

  • so I'm enjoying it, it's a great quarantine show.

  • What's the response you're hearing from people?

  • Well, I'll take the great show no matter what,

  • but it is, I call it the comfort food, you know,

  • it's that big fat nostalgic embrace

  • and yet it's telling relevant stories for today

  • and a great young cast

  • and it's just hitting on all cylinders

  • and that's this sort of blessing.

  • I mean, this has been I call it the second rebirth

  • of the rebirth of the original movie.

  • You know, we came out a few years ago on YouTube premium

  • and now on Netflix it's just blown out of the water

  • all over the world and it's a great time for the show

  • and it's nice to be an alternative to the hell of it,

  • where we are living with every day.

  • I'll tell you how you're affecting my life,

  • which is one of the ways you know, right now,

  • in addition to quarantine,

  • we also have so much smoke in the air here in the west.

  • You can't go outside.

  • I have a treadmill in the basement.

  • It's in a tiny room and there is a small TV there

  • and I will binge watch "Cobra Kai" and I'm on the treadmill.

  • And what happens is when it builds up to a fight scene,

  • I crank the treadmill

  • so I'm running at like 60 miles an hour, bare chested.

  • It's not a pretty sight.

  • I'll give you a picture cause you clearly want one,

  • but I'm running full out as the kid

  • is beating up the bullies in the cafeteria.

  • And I'm like, ahh!

  • And my family comes running downstairs

  • because they think I've had a major heart attack.

  • A heart attack, right.

  • (laughs)

  • And the show is laced with this great 80's homage music.

  • You know, at that time the training montages

  • and all that stuff.

  • It is kick ass in that way and that's awesome.

  • Well, I'm glad to help out in your cardio

  • and everything else.

  • Yes, you mentioned 80's and nostalgia.

  • I've got some pictures here, I'm sure your life

  • has been being confronted by these pictures.

  • This is you, yeah exactly.

  • First of all, let's sue the guy who convinced you

  • to do that pose.

  • I know, I know, there's so many, there's many others.

  • I'm actually glad that was the one you,

  • well, let's see what's next.

  • Oh no no no, I've got this one too.

  • Oh well that's from a movie, that's from a movie.

  • That's "Teachers," the movie with Nick Nolte.

  • I know, I know, I know, but any kid who's wearing that hat

  • to school needs to know karate.

  • That's right.

  • (laughs)

  • You know it's funny, because all these pictures--

  • You and I think are just about the same age

  • the saving grace for me is there are no photographs of me

  • until I'm about 30, I was unphotographed.

  • I'm like someone that was born in the 1850s,

  • there's no photograph of me

  • and then they start around the time I'm 29 or 30.

  • What's it like for your kids when they're on the internet

  • and this pops up and they say, "Dad, what the (beep)?"

  • Yeah, what the (beep), and it gives them leverage,

  • great amounts of leverage.

  • It's you know, I mean, what are you going to do?

  • It's kinda fun cause when my kids were--

  • My daughter was like four when she first saw

  • "The Karate Kid," maybe five.

  • And so it was one of those things,

  • I was doing a Broadway musical around the country

  • called "How to Succeed" and I was playing lead in this show.

  • And every city we would go to these Planet Hollywood's,

  • which were big deals back in the early 90s,

  • and we'd grab lunch there with my kids

  • and my daughter would see this memorabilia up

  • and ask these questions like,

  • "Why are the people standing on one leg

  • and holding their arms up in the air when they see daddy

  • and what is that headband, why are they wearing it?"

  • And then finally it was like well,

  • you know, it's time to sit you down, honey.

  • Daddy's not like all the other daddies.

  • And then I showed her the film at four years old.

  • You showed her "Karate Kid" at four?

  • Yeah, five years old, like it was five

  • because we got back when she was five and I showed her that

  • and thinking that I would make her proud and not thinking

  • that I get my ass kicked in every other scene.

  • And she's watching her dad be beaten to a pulp constantly

  • running out of the room.

  • So that was an epic parent fail by me.

  • Yeah, you scarred your child for life.

  • Although, I have to say my children at any point

  • in their lives would love nothing more than to see

  • footage of me being beaten.

  • Yes, it might've changed to that

  • when she got through middle school, but at five she really,

  • you know, I was a hero for a moment.

  • And my son on the flip side found all those teen magazine

  • kind of pictures when he was about the same age

  • and ran into the family room to my daughter and said,

  • "Look, dad was huge and we missed it."

  • (laughs)

  • So fortunately for me right now with the "Cobra Kai" show,

  • Dad may not be that huge, but they're not missing it.

  • Well, you guys have been like the number one show on--

  • Yeah we are huge, let's say it, I'm huge.

  • I mean, let's just say that.

  • And you know, another thing I wanted to say about the show

  • that I really love is there's a real funny sense

  • of humor and self awareness about the show.

  • So I love, there are the scenes where Johnny Lawrence,

  • you know, the bully in the original "Karate Kid,"

  • he's struggling and he doesn't understand

  • that the 80s are over and watching scenes

  • where he's like trying to hock his,

  • he's trying to sell his Atari console

  • and we don't give a shit about this anymore.

  • He's very good at tapping into,

  • it's almost in a comical way, he doesn't understand

  • that it hasn't been the 80s for a long time.

  • He missed, someone didn't tell him that things have changed.

  • Yeah, it's refreshing to have a character like that

  • who is not politically correct in any way, shape or form

  • and represent a lot of what many people think,

  • but can't, or won't say, so I think there's a release

  • with that because we're so overprotective of everything.

  • The antihero and you know, you root for that redemption.

  • That's the cool thing about the show is it really,

  • your allegiance to each character

  • can change episode to episode cause it dives more

  • into the gray areas of who these guys are.

  • And even the young characters,

  • as opposed to the black and white

  • of what "Karate Kid" was good or evil, you know.

  • Well, what's happened interestingly enough

  • is that initially, "Karate Kid" and I remembered seeing it

  • in the theater when it came out was about, you know,

  • you are clearly the protagonist, you're the underdog,

  • you're the hero and then it's clear

  • who the bully is, Johnny Lawrence.

  • What happened over time, and it's kind of a tribute

  • to the film is that people got into these discussion groups

  • and it sort of became part of almost a cultural question

  • of who is the real bully?

  • Because he has the cruel sensei and you have

  • the nice sensei, you take his girlfriend, you know,

  • those are the intellectual discussions of our time,

  • basically.

  • (laughs)

  • You've laid it out beautifully.

  • It has become pop culture.

  • I mean, it's really become that.

  • There are fan videos, theories, the crane kick was illegal.

  • You know, you say he took his girlfriend.

  • Well, you know, she was,

  • I mean we could go on and on about that.

  • I defend LaRusso, but it's fun that people care.

  • I mean, they've cared for 35, 36 years

  • and now it's lifted to another level.

  • But Ralph, Ralph be honest.

  • There were times when you wake up in the middle of the night

  • covered in sweat screaming, the crane kick was legal.

  • It's totally legal. More often than you know.

  • (laughs)

  • I must confess on the Conan O'Brien show.

  • Do you ever do that, you're getting a latte

  • and someone's just giving you a look.

  • It was legal, it was legal!

  • I'm doing that the whole week now.

  • I love it. Every day this week

  • I'm doing that.

I want to congratulate you on "Cobra Kai."

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/25
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