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The Karate Kid is one of the most iconic movies of the 1980s, and has spawned multiple sequels and spinoffs since its release. The first three movies were popular enough to spawn a spinoff TV series titled “Cobra Kai,” released on YouTube Red in 2018. The show’s premise is a modern-day retelling of the original movie, with new characters and a new generation. Cobra Kai season 4 will be available to stream on Netflix from December 31 onwards.
Martin Kove, who plays John Kreese, said that he attempted to rework a scene from the show’s fourth season with the help of his co-star, William “Billy” Zabka, who famously portrays Johnny Lawrence, at a Planet Comicon Kansas City panel in August 2021.
While filming “Cobra Kai,” a fan questioned Martin Kove and William “Billy” Zabka if they “tend to keep very carefully to what is mentioned in the screenplay.” “I’ve always altered lines in movies and things,” Kove admitted.
“Only recently I stopped doing that and I did it because I guess it was easier to learn if I changed a word here and there,” shared Kove.
The 75-year-old actor then shared that “Billy and [he] had a problem with a scene just right before the end of season 4.” He explained that they “rewrote the scene over the weekend [and] sent it to the writers.” However, their requested changes were not made to the script.
“The writers, you know, they gave us credit — ‘Yes, it’s good, you’re writing is good but let’s just keep it the same’ and both of us had a problem with the scene and it was coming out of episode 10 and you know, season 4, and I had the hardest time and ultimately it worked, I guess,” said Kove.
He went on to say that the show’s writers are “very good” and that they will occasionally make changes in response to an actor’s suggestion.
After Martin, Cobra Kai star Zabka discussed his ideas about adjusting lines on “Cobra Kai.” And being a partner in crime with Martin Kove.
“Our job is, first of all, you’re an actor, so your character isn’t saying things you would say it. So you might read a line and say ‘Ah it would be better to say it this way, it comes off my tongue better this way. It’s the same meaning but I want to do it this way.’ But that’s the default, that’s actually a cop out,” explained the 55-year-old.
“For me, it’s not a word, it’s more of an idea and how that idea connects to — ‘I don’t think Johnny would do this, which I think Johnny — that’s too much.’ Then we’ll re-do the whole thing but as far as the words go it’s pretty much important at least to get it nailed the way it was written and then play with it. As far as improvising, once you’re in the pocket, you’re nailing it, then they’re like, ‘Just go with it,'” stated the actor.
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He admitted that he does give suggestions to the writers concerning the general storyline of his character. It shows that William Zabka and Martin Kove bonding is phenomenal, whether it’s on the screen or off the screen.
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