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'Cobra Kai' Star William Zabka Defends Marc Maron From Podcast Interview Criticism

William Zabka is stepping in to defend Marc Maron amid the criticism he was getting online over an interview he did with the Cobra Kai star he did last month. Some people online were getting worked up over the May 31 episode of WTF With Marc Maron featuring Zabka in which the podcast host admitted he hadn't seen all of The Karate Kid, which launched Zabka's career alongside Ralph Macchio, but had been watching Cobra Kai, the Netflix series based on the original film.
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William Zabka Defends Marc Maron Over Podcast Interview Criticism

William Zabka on Wednesday defended Marc Maron against criticism he was getting over an interview he did with the Cobra Kai star earlier this month. During an hourlong chat on his popular WTF With Marc Maron podcast, the host admitted that he did not see all of The Karate Kid, only some snippets. But he said he had been watching Cobra Kai, the Netflix series based on the classic 1984 film. Maron noted he had seen and enjoyed several other films featuring Zabka, but never the one that helped launch his and Ralph Macchio’s careers.
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Why William Zabka Was Hesitant To Show His Children ‘The Karate Kid’

One of the most popular characters on the acclaimed series “Cobra Kai,” is Johnny Lawrence, portrayed by William “Billy” Zabka. While he has made many mistakes throughout his life, he continually tries to better himself and make amends to those he has hurt, like his son, Robby Keene played by Tanner Buchanan. For this reason, fans can easily empathize with the martial artist. However, the character is much less likable in the original “Karate Kid” film. He is portrayed as a ruthless bully and beats up the movie’s protagonist, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) to the point of near unconsciousness.

How Ralph Macchio & William Zabka Feel About Their Younger Co-Stars

The acclaimed series “Cobra Kai” continues the storyline of Johnny Lawrence (William “Billy” Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio), who first appeared in the 1984 martial arts film “The Karate Kid.” On the show, the long-time rivals are fathers to teenage children and teach karate to high school students. Macchio...

Ralph Macchio Reveals Why He Was Not ‘Very Close’ to William Zabka

In the series, “Cobra Kai,” which is a continuation of the “Karate Kid” film franchise, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is often at odds with Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Even though both of the men are in their 50s, they still resent each other for events that transpired when they were in high school over three decades ago. Due to the fact that Macchio and Zabka convincingly play long-time rivals, some fans may be surprised to learn that they get along quite well in real life.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka Pick Their Favorite ’80s Songs From the Show’s Soundtrack

Cobra Kai is keeping the ’80s alive. The heroes of The Karate Kid never really outgrew their ’80s rivalry. The kids of 2021 make sure to remind them how outdated they are, but the show still has a rockin’ soundtrack of ’80s hits. Dee Snider even cameoed in season 3. So Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reflected on some of their favorite music on the series.

How William Zabka Really Feels About ‘Cobra Kai’ Fans

The character Johnny Lawrence, played by William “Billy” Zabka, was introduced in the 1984 martial arts movie, “The Karate Kid.” In the film, he is presented as a violent bully with not many redeeming qualities. However, in the acclaimed series “Cobra Kai,” which premiered in 2018, the character has depth and attempts to right his wrongs. For this reason, Johnny has become one of the most popular characters in the “Karate Kid” franchise.
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William Zabka Comments on if Mike Barnes Will Be in Season 4

The creators of “Cobra Kai,” Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and Hayden Schlossberg, recently announced that Thomas Ian Griffith will be reprising the role of Terry Silver in the show’s upcoming fourth season. As fans are aware, the character was introduced as John Kreese’s (Martin Kove) unhinged friend in the 1989 martial arts film “The Karate Kid Part III.” In the movie, Silver recruits a 17-year-old professional martial artist named Mike Barnes, played by Sean Kanan, to fight Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) at the 1985 All Valley Tournament.
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The Partnership: William Zabka and Ralph Macchio On “Enhancing The Legacy” Of Johnny Lawrence And Daniel LaRusso With ‘Cobra Kai’

When Cobra Kai was first announced as a new series based on the iconic The Karate Kid films, fans were immediately skeptical if the iteration would match up to the legendary status of the original. But creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg made the smart move by not only bringing back the decades-long feud between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), but also by turning the narrative away from Johnny’s downtrodden point of view seen in the films. The new take and a next generation of talented newcomers has made Cobra Kai one of Netflix’s most popular series on the streamer. In conversation with Stevie Wong, Macchio and Zabka explain the joys of The Karate Kid legacy and being able to revisit their characters through a fresh lens.

What William Zabka Finds Surprising About Ralph Macchio

Since its premiere in 2018, “Cobra Kai” has been known for its impressive fight sequences. As most of the characters on the show are martial artists, the actors who portray them usually have to do some of their own stunt work. Ralph Macchio, who famously plays Daniel LaRusso, and William “Billy” Zabka, who portrays his on-screen rival Johnny Lawrence, are no exception.
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A ‘Cobra Kai’ Co-Star Told William Zabka To ‘Go F*ck Himself’ Before He Shot His First Scene

Though he has only appeared in three episodes, 91-year-old veteran actor Ed Asner has had a memorable role in the Karate Kid sequel series, Cobra Kai, playing the step-father to William Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence. In fact, Asner not only appeared in the first episode of Cobra Kai, but his scene was the first one that Zabka shot for the series. It didn’t go exactly as Zabka thought it might, as he relayed to Marc Maron on this week’s WTF podcast.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Star William Zabka Has a Secret Musical Talent

Cobra Kai has shown there’s a lot more to William Zabka than the original Karate Kid movie showed. In the 1984 movie, Zabka played bully Johnny Lawrence who was terrorizing Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio). 30 years later, Johnny’s not so bad and Daniel’s no saint. Zabka had been waiting to show the world this side of him, but he still has more sides he’s keeping to himself.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Star William Zabka Says There’s 1 Movie He Wishes He Could Do Over, and It’s Not ‘The Karate Kid’

Between The Karate Kid and the series Cobra Kai, William Zabka starred in a slew of classic ’80s comedies. He usually played the bully in Just One of the Guys and Back to School. Even in European Vacation, Zabka played Audrey (Dana Hill)’s inattentive boyfriend. In a recent interview, Zabka said there’s one movie he’d love to relive again, and it’s not The Karate Kid.

William Zabka Didn't Have Much Fun at Comic-Con Before Cobra Kai

Attending Comic-Con is much more fun now than it used to be for William Zabka following the smash success of Cobra Kai. In 1984, Zabka appeared in The Karate Kid as Johnny Lawrence, the Cobra Kai fighter who loses to Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) at the end. The character is one of the most well-known villains of the 1980s, and the attached fame would have Zabka meeting with Karate Kid fans at Comic-Con in later years.