Hollywood doesn’t exactly have the biggest track record when it comes to on-screen age-appropriate relationships (think Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” or James L. Brooks’ “As Good as It Gets”). , and even though the age gap is, admittedly, a big part of this movie’s many plot lines, there’s still something puzzling when older men go after much younger women.
In an interview for “Under the Belt Show,” Robyn Lively talked about her age difference with Ralph Macchio in “The Karate Kid Part III”. At the time of filming, Macchio was in his late 20s, while Lively, who played Jessica Andrews, was much younger. The ten-year age gap between them gave the filmmakers pause, so much so that they had to redo the script.
“I was scripted to be the girlfriend,” Lively said. “But then the age difference was so awkward they ended up changing it so I was just his friend.” Although Lively and Macchio’s characters are closer in age than they are in real life, it’s interesting to know that the filmmakers were unwilling to let Lively and Macchio portray a romance. “I’m 16 years old,” Lively said. “He was a little older than me then. He was married. I was just a teenager.”
“The Karate Kid Part III” came out in 1989 when things like the age gap in movies were far less controversial, so praise goes to whoever heeded the call to cut waste. romance and return to an old friendship. Hopefully their friendship has grown stronger over the years and that Jessica will appear in the upcoming “Cobra Kai” season 5.
https://www.slashfilm.com/997847/the-karate-kid-part-iii-didnt-have-romance-for-daniel-larusso-for-one-very-good-reason/ The Karate Boy Part III has no feelings for Daniel LaRusso for a very good reason