Karate Kid’s audition for the role of Daniel LaRusso meant Eastwood put a huge cross on Coca Cola. Find out why below
Clint Eastwood is a veteran actor and film director, recognized for his role in the Dirty Harry film series and for directing award-winning films like Unforgiven. Eastwood’s family has also dabbled in the entertainment business, with his son Kyle auditioning for the lead role of Daniel LaRusso in the 1984 film, The Karate Kid. Even though Kyle didn’t get the part, The Karate Kid crew’s casting decision led Eastwood to ban Coca-Cola products in his films.
The relationship between Eastwood and Coca-Cola deteriorated when Columbia Pictureswhich distributed The Karate Kidera owned by the beverage company. The casting team turned down Kyle for the role of LaRusso, leading Eastwood to hold a grudge against the company. As a result, he banned all Coca-Cola products from his film sets and, in fact, Coca-Cola products are only seen in movies prior to 1984, such as the one in the header image of this article, Bronco Billyfrom 1980.
The competition for the position of Daniel LaRusso
The thing is, the competition for the role was huge, as other celebrities also auditioned for the role of LaRusso, such as Robert Downey Jr. y Charlie Sheen and, as well, we know, they did not succeed either. finally it was Ralph Macchiothe current star of the Netflix series, Cobra Kaiwho got the role for the already legendary film, so neither Kyle Eastwood, nor Robert Downey Jr., nor Charlie Sheen managed to learn the lessons of “giving wax and polishing wax” from Mr. Miyagi, nor give the illegal kick of the final of the karate tournament.
In short, the Karate Kid casting decision led to a ban on Coca-Cola products in Eastwood’s films. Eastwood’s family has had a long history in the entertainment industry, and his son Kyle’s also tried to follow in his acting footsteps, although he is best known as an actor. musicianparticipating as an interpreter, arranger and composer of several films in which his father has participated as an actor and/or director, such as Gran Turin, flags of our fathers o Million Dollar Babyamong other.
So we see that Eastwood has always shown great loyalty to his family, not only by banning Coca-Cola products in his movies as an act of protest for not casting his son in the lead role of The Karate Kid, but also having a place for his son in his movies.