William Zabka’s True Feelings About Martin Kove

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Sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove) causes a lot of problems for Johnny Lawrence (William “Billy” Zabka) in the 1984 film “The Karate Kid” and the acclaimed series “Cobra Kai.” Some fans may be curious about how the actors feel about each other in real life, given that Kove convincingly portrays Zabka’s karate rival.


William Zabka & Ralph Macchio Discussed Martin Kove in August 2021

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In August 2021, William Zabka and Ralph Macchio, who plays Daniel LaRusso, were interviewed by Kristen Baldwin, an Entertainment Weekly television critic, to raise money for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Zabka expressed his pleasure at working with Kove. “I enjoy working with Marty..”

It’s just that he’s a teddy bear who’s a lot of fun,” the 55-year-old explained. He then clarified that, while he considers the 75-year-old actor to be “a teddy bear,” Kove has “a lot of John Kreese in him.” ”

“It’s fantastic; we turn on the light switch, and he transforms into Kreese, and I transform into Johnny, and so on. Something else happens; we enter a parallel universe and live there for a while before returning. “It’s fantastic, and Marty is incredible,” Zabka said.

The 55-year-old then spoke about having Kove as a scene partner during “Cobra Kai’s” fight sequences. ”

“I enjoy working with him and fighting with him, despite the fact that he moves slowly. Here’s one quick thing: we had a fight once, and he moved a little slower on my advance than I did, and my toe jammed into his big old monster foot, completely jamming it, and no one noticed. “My stunt guy is over there, ready to take over if I don’t finish the fight, and I’m limping over and I literally pulled my toe out, so I’m like, okay, I gotta go a little slower on Marty,” the actor revealed. Despite the fact that Kove is in his mid-70s, Zabka noted that “he’s very eager [and]he’s very determined” while performing stunts for the show. “He wants to give it his all, and he’s serious about fighting.”

He’s a little older than us and he’s in there working, working hard, you know, he’s in the gym every day, yeah, he works so hard,” Zabka explained.

Macchio said the same thing about Kove.

“He devotes a significant amount of time and effort to the physical aspect because he aspires to be like us, who want to deliver.” “And sometimes the brain works faster than the body, and vice versa,” said the star of “My Cousin Vinny.”


William Zabka Discussed His Injury in a September 2021 Panel

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During a September 2021 panel at the FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention, alongside Kove and Jacob Bertrand, who plays Eli “Hawk” Moskowitz, Zabka discussed his foot injury while performing a fight scene with Kove “I jammed my toe in Marty’s foot in our fight in season 2 when he picks up the fight..”

“I jammed my toe in Marty’s foot in our fight in season 2 when he picks up the fight. We had rehearsed that a million times and we did it at top speed and I was advancing too quickly and he didn’t step out of the way in time and he has these giant feet that are like bricks… and my toe jammed in and a shriek went up my leg like an electric shock and you know, there’s a stunt guy waiting to step in and take over if I don’t finish it or whatever but I didn’t tell a single person. Kove then complimented Zabka’s martial arts abilities.

“Billy’s a really good martial artist, I mean, you do fight scenes with him, and I’ve done a bunch of fight scenes with him and I’m always getting kicked in the a**, even when I’m supposed to win.” Because he’s fast, very fast,” the “Last House on the Left” actor explained.

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