Ralph Macchio on 'Karate Kid' at 35 and the Film Role He Beat Will Smith For

Ralph Macchio on 'Karate Kid' at 35 and the Film Role He Beat Will Smith For
For Ralph Macchio, things have a way of coming full circle.

In the early '90s he found himself reading for a role in My Cousin Vinny. Director Jonathan Lynn liked him for the part, but the studio didn't, seeing him simply as "that guy from The Karate Kid."

It turns out that among those up for the role of Bill Gambini was Will Smith, still a few years away from becoming the biggest movie star in the world with 1996's Independence Day. 

"Ben Stiller and Will Smith, that's who the studio wanted. Even ...
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