'Karate Kid' preems in Westwood
If sister Willow Smith was impressed by big brother Jaden at Monday’s premiere of “The Karate Kid,” she didn’t show it. Lingering on the red carpet after everyone else had long gone inside, she posed in Mohawk and studded leather jacket as Jada Pinkett Smith stood nearby downing popcorn from the Village Theater in Westwood.
The family scene segued into the party, a Chinese-themed outdoor festival with kung fu trophies as centerpieces. Will Smith talked up the film’s stunts and child actors. “(Wang Zhenwei) was the real deal,” Smith boasted as he entered the roped-off VIP section. “He’s been training since he was 3 and didn’t speak English. And the girl (Han Wenwen), no English. She learned it phonetically.”
Jerry Weintraub, producer of the original 1984 “Karate Kid,” said he and Ralph Macchio agreed about the new version: “It’s Hollywood 2010. It’s a different movie, it’s bigger: China opening it up, all that kung fu.”
Harald Zwart eschewed stunt doubles.
“I had a guy standing by the whole time for Jaden, but we never used him,” said the helmer, adding that no one got hurt. “Nothing more than what you get when you fight with your siblings.”