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‘Cobra Kai’: Inside Thomas Ian Griffith’s Return to the ‘Karate Kid’ Franchise in Season 4 (Exclusive)

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'Cobra Kai': Inside Thomas Ian Griffith's Return to the 'Karate Kid' Franchise in Season 4 (Exclusive)

Season four of Cobra Kai got much more vicious thanks to Thomas Ian Griffith’s return as Terry Silver, a Vietnam War veteran and wealthy businessman who originally started the Title Dojo. Like many stars of the film franchise, the actor repeated the role he played 32 years ago in the 1989s The Karate Kid Part III, for the Emmy-nominated Netflix series.

Speaking to ET’s Leanne Aguilera, Griffith said his return to the franchise has been “surprisingly very fulfilling”. Especially since he was able to concretize what he called the two-dimensional figure from the film and learn more about “what this guy has been doing in the last 30 years and how these qualities have manifested themselves and what it looks like now”. explains the 59-year-old actor.

Griffith adds, “It was a challenge, but I felt like we had a great map with the makers, what they had in terms of the backstory and what they thought of this guy.”

In the new episodes, now streamed on Netflix, Silver is being recruited by former war comrade and accomplice John Kreese (Martin Kove), who needs his help to take on Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). newly united dojos.

Silver initially rejects the idea, claiming that he is no longer that guy. “In the 80s, I thought I could conquer the world,” he says. “I was so passionate about cocaine and revenge that I spent months terrorizing a teenager over a high school karate tournament. It sounds crazy just to talk about it. “

What happens next is not revealed here. Needless to say, Silver’s newfound zen is not going to last long and he finds himself in Kreese’s ongoing battle for supremacy over LaRusso, culminating in one final showdown during the All Valley Karate Tournament.

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Along the way, fans learn about Silver’s past and his connections with Kreese – and what ultimately “creates those inner demons,” says the actor, revealing that Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg “worked the backstory with Kreese.” and what he did…. When they told me all this, I thought, ‘Oh, that’s gold.’ “

“This is something we’ve been looking forward to since the show was first designed. We’re big fans of all of them Karate kid Movies and we knew that as the series progressed, we would gradually bring the characters back, ”says Hurwitz, explaining that Silver is“ that next level villain ”.

“It’s a little bigger than life. So when we brought him back, we wanted to bring back the character we love, but in a different way that surprises and still gives you a taste of the madness that was there, ”he continues. “Working with Thomas was amazing… We used some of his skills this season – not just as an actor, but also as a martial artist. He blew us all away. “

A first clue that Silver hasn’t left his past entirely behind is when he’s alone and a wine bottle kicks the wall of his cellar. According to the actor, who got his black belt in martial arts at the age of 17, this is a skill that has always been part of his life. “I started training at a very young age … and you know, it just stayed with me,” he says. “What I’ve learned has carried over into everything I’ve done in my life, the discipline and focus.”

Getting back into shape wasn’t a problem for Griffith, however. “I thought, ‘That won’t be a problem.’ I mean, I got that part of it down, ”he says.

Griffith not only wanted to concretise Silver’s story, but was also happy to see his former co-stars again, especially Macchio. “It was surreal,” says the actor, meaning “to go on set for the first time and” [seeing] Ralph Macchio, whom I haven’t seen for 30 years. ”

“We just stood there and looked at each other … and it was such a positive wave of energy that just felt right,” Griffith recalls. “And we looked over and saw the makers, John, Josh, and Hayden, three grown men, intelligent men, walking around on their phones and saying, ‘Oh, this is their first meeting.’ So it was really a special moment. And Ralph was fantastic. “

He adds that things picked up exactly where they left off. “We fell for it straight away, like ‘We’re going to do this.’ And I fell in immediately and felt so welcome. ”

Macchio repeats that sentiment, adding that everything about Griffith’s return as Silver was the next level. “Has been the case in many times Cobra Kai, everyone who comes back from the original film series brings their A game with them. It was really a spectacular journey that I never expected, “he says, adding:” To happen at this level is [wonderful]. ”

The actor adds that Griffith’s “subtle performance” as Silver “brought so many levels and levels into this character, and branched and informed the story.” Cobra Kai Season 4 and beyond with the story of yesterday. ”If anything, the series helps correct the mistakes of the third Karate kid Movie. “It’s a really spectacular and exhilarating journey … It’s almost like you can make up for all of yesterday’s missteps,” he explains.

Still: “Thomas knocks it out of the park,” concludes Macchio.


Cobra Kai Season 4 is now streaming on Netflix.

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