Martin Kove Explains How John Kreese’s Vietnam Backstory Led to ‘Cobra Kai’ [Interview]

/Film | 4/22/2019 | Fred Topel
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The one returning Karate Kid cast member we didn’t get to interview during the lead-up to season one of Cobra Kai was Martin Kove. That’s because he was a surprise in the very last scene of the season finale. Now that he’s a regular for season two, Kove was available to talk about Cobra Kai and the Karate Kid legacy.

The return of John Kreese was just as surprising to Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who believed that Kreese was dead. Now season two can explore how Johnny can turn Cobra Kai around when the worst influence of all returns to exert his chokehold over the dojo.

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Kove spoke with /Film by phone before the season premiere of Cobra Kai. All 10 episodes of Cobra Kai season two premiere on YouTube Premium on Wednesday, April 24.

Have you enjoyed all the benefits of the Cobra Kai revival even having only done one scene in the first season?

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Unquestionably. It’s the gift that keeps giving. The association I guess with the fans is the most rewarding thing, that the movie meant so much to so many people for so long. Through conventions and all kinds of different PR events over the years, you see that the movie was so well written, it meant so much to so many people in one of three ways. You were either bullied back in 1984, you had a romance that didn’t work in 1984 or they were a fish out of water, moving around, father was in the military or whatever. The true identification with the movie is everlasting. The fact that Robert Kamen wrote such great material is a gift. We can name how many movies we remember words from. “Play it again, Sam” from Casablanca. “May The Force be with you.” There’s probably 10 movies in all of...
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