"Karate Kid" Jaden Smith on dad Will: He's "crazy"

Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:47pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Everybody knows actor Will Smith is a good-natured, fun-loving guy, but to hear his son Jaden tell it, he's more than that. He's crazy!

Jaden, 11, stars in "The Karate Kid" which debuts in U.S. movie theaters on Friday as a remake of 1984's cult hit of the same name about an old martial arts master who teaches a young boy how to defend himself in the face of schoolyard bullies.

The idea to remake the movie with his son in the lead role was the brainchild of "Hancock" star Will Smith, and initially his family was skeptical, Jaden said.

"My dad had the idea, and everybody knows in (our) house that my dad's a little crazy, okay? He's very crazy! But you know, when he said this, we were like 'are you sure?' and then we were like, 'all right, we're going to listen to you because you're the guy,'" Jaden told Reuters.

In fact, Smith, 41, has put both of his children with wife Jada Pinkett Smith in movies. Jaden starred alongside his father in 2006 drama "The Pursuit of Happyness" and daughter Willow, 9, had a role in Smith's "I Am Legend."

For "Karate Kid," however, Jaden is on his own as the film's star, while his mom and dad took on producer roles.

In the 1984 original, Ralph Macchio's "Karate Kid" was a fish out of water as the new boy from New Jersey who moves to a California town.

In the new version, the stakes are raised for Jaden's Dre Parker. He's not just the new kid in town. He's the new kid in the country when he and his mom (Taraji P. Henson) relocate from Detroit to China.   Continued...