'Karate Kid': Ralph Macchio Says He Got To Keep The 'Wax On, Wax Off' Car
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Well, Karate Kid fans, it seems Mr. Miyagi's wisdom about balance in karate actually applying to our whole life has been proven right once again – more specifically, balancing our need for fascinating trivia surrounding the iconic '80s flick with our absolute burning jealousy for the badass keepsake Daniel LaRusso himself, Ralph Macchio, got to take home after starring in the beloved film series.
Earlier this week, Macchio stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to discuss the latest season of Cobra Kai, which dropped on Netflix last week, as well as and one of his favorite keepsakes from his time starring in the iconic '80s series – the 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible where his character learned the ever-important “wax on, wax off” lesson.
“Columbia Pictures at the time, when ‘The Karate Kid III’ came out, that day it was at my house,” Macchio told Colbert of the car, noting that he had dropped hints that he wanted to keep it while filming of the first two flicks. Yet unlike the That ‘70s Show Car, which sits in Wilmer Valderrama’s car collection, it seems Macchio puts his prop to good use, loaning it out – apparently free of charge – to appear on Cobra Kai. “They got it all fixed up for me," he added. "It’s awesome.”
So folks, to paraphrase yet another nugget of wisdom from Mr. Miyagi, “first learn stand, then learn fly … and then learn to talk the crew of a beloved Hollywood movie into giving you an awesome car."
Top Image: Colombia Pictures