Ralph Macchio left his mark on the industry by starring in The Karate Kid when he was still in his early twenties. After starring in the 1984 film, fans expected to see a pretty stellar career unfold before their eyes. But that was far from the case as his career eventually stagnated. Although it could have been a whole different story had he accepted a role in another 1980s cult classic.
Back to the future came knocking at the door
After playing the role of Daniel LaRusso in Karate Child, Ralph Macchio’s reputation took a hit in the arm. It has been labeled as the next big thing in the industry. In recognition of his potential, he was offered the role of Marty McFly in Back to the future.
Back to the future is hailed as one of the greatest films of its time, a film that transcended borders and defined an era, and also for having two sequels and countless video games made under its banner.
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Ralph Macchio turned down the film on “kids, cars and plutonium pills”
Despite all the success the film had, it was not expected to realize the profit it did. The film was rejected by over 40 studios while in production. But that wasn’t the only rejection he had to face. The 61-year-old also turned down the opportunity to star in the film.
At the time, Macchio felt the film would not be a big hit, believing it to be a film about “a child, a car and plutonium pills.” Only time will tell how wrong the decision turned out to be.
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A decision that Ralph Macchio must have regretted
Back to the future would end up starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly. It can be argued that the Doc Hollywood The star was better suited for the role, doing justice to the sweet character who wasn’t afraid to act.
The film also proved its critics wrong, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year, raking in $388 million during its run. On the contrary, the beer league star was unable to restore his glory days, remaining under the radar for around 34 years, before starring in Cobra Kai.
A long wait indeed.
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Source: Business Insider