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Stars old and new at 'The Karate Kid' premiere

June 7, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
"The Karate Kid" for a new generation opened Monday night. And the premiere for the remake also brought out the film's original stars.Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan update "The Karate Kid" for a new generation of moviegoers. Monday night, they got support from the stars who helped make the original a film we still watch 26 years after it first hit theaters.

In 1984, "The Karate Kid" hit the box office, making a star out of Ralph Macchio, who went on to appear in two sequels.

Cut to more than a quarter of a century later to Monday night's premiere.

"You know, the writer said to me, Robert Kamen, who wrote the original film, he said, 'You know, we never had a premiere.' He said, 'Nor an after-party.' He said our after-party kind of lasted 26 years," said Macchio.

And the original bad boys in "The Karate Kid" also showed up to catch the new movie and pass the torch.

"It's like watching your ex-girlfriend get re-married or something, know what I mean?" said William Zabka.

"And you're invited to the wedding," said Tony O'Dell.

"You're invited to the wedding, but you're not only invited, you're giving away the bride," said Zabka.

Which brings us to the 2010 re-imagining of the original, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, with Jaden's parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, on board as producers.

"I know an action star's life is so short but I really want to continue in the film business, so this is why I try very hard," said Chan. "I really thank you, Will Smith, to give me this part. Kind of want to show the audience I'm actor."

"I just want to, you know, make them happy enough when they see this movie that they will enjoy kung-fu, you know, because it's great. It's great," said Jaden Smith.

By the way, Jaden did all of his own stunts in the movie, which made for one proud papa.

"We're very excited," said Smith. "I think we think he did a brilliant job. We're happy. He's a disciplined young man and I think people are going to love this movie."

"The Karate Kid" is rated "PG." It will be in theaters on Friday.

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