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News Jaden Smith's Karate Kid co-star wants to adopt him Thursday, Mar 23rd, 2017 - 04:15PM
His parents are superstars Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, but Jaden Smith's latest co-star - martial arts legend Jackie Chan - wants to adopt the little lad.

The pair became close while on the set of the Karate Kid, a remake of the classic 80s film.

"After the movie I tell his parents, 'Let him stay in China for three months'," Chan says.

"Trust me. I will take care of him. I'm sure with three months' training he can get much better, because he has this kind of talent. Whatever I teach him he learns right away. Besides, he can sing, he can dance, he can rap. He just has talent.

"I tell Will Smith, 'Can I adopt your son?' That's how much I love him.''

Will and Jada put together the project especially for Jaden, who'd already memorably appeared with his father in The Pursuit of Happyness, and with Keanu Reeves in The Day The Earth Stood Still.

"My dad had the whole massive plan worked out and I was like, 'OK, cool, let's do it'," Jaden says. "Then he was like, 'OK' - and then we did it. He just came up with it.''

Chan says Jaden could be the next big action hero, an idea the 12-year-old clearly likes. "Oh yeah, most definitely,'' he grins.

In the film, Chan teaches Jaden karate so he can defend himself from bullies. And the legend thinks he absolutely has a gift for it.

"He's the young Jackie Chan,'' says the master of his student.

Jaden threw himself into learning martial arts from scratch.

"I did a lot of kung fu and martial arts, but I had a lot of training before filming began so it was not as hard as I thought it would be. I thought I'd be doing push-ups in the snow," he says. "I trained for all of it, so I could do it much better and it just came to me I could almost have fun when I was filming.

"Jackie was amazing. He was always teaching me things, like how to stretch properly and how to focus. He was right there with me the whole time." In America, the film had a big opening, and did better than many of his dad's blockbusters.

"The film's three-day box office was $56million in the United States - bigger than any of my movies other than Hancock and I Am Legend. I'm wondering if he still needs to even live at our house," jokes Will.

But Jaden's parents are determined to keep his feet planted on the ground, saying he won't have the same pressures that other child stars have to face.

"He grew up in this industry so it's not foreign to him," Will says. "He understands this is a family business.

"He didn't have the shock and the radical life change that child actors usually have coming into the business," he explains. "Child stars are generally broken by the pressure of being the breadwinner of a household at just 14 or 16 years old.

"I hope we have a bit of a handle on it.

We're focusing very closely and paying attention to his energy and his desire and his love for it."

His mother Jada adds, "One of the advantages that Jaden has, that a lot of other child stars do not, is that his parents have been doing this for a long time. We really understand the industry and the dos and don'ts.

"When your dad is still the biggest movie star in the world it keeps everything really grounded. He won't be paying any bills any time soon."

But for Jaden, starring in The Karate Kid remake also brought him his first big screen kiss.

"It was kind of odd when we first started shooting the scene and Wen Wen got nervous," says Jaden. "So, I just said, 'Relax, I'm good at kissing, it's gonna be all right'. Finally, it was all fine and we got the shot."

The Karate Kid is out on Wednesday.


He was a huge 80s star, but growing up on screen has been tougher than he could ever have imagined. Ralph Macchio was the original Karate Kid in the 1984 movie and its two sequels, playing Daniel LaRusso, who mastered martial arts by cleaning a neighbour's car - "wax on, wax off".

But after the three hits his career stalled and Macchio, 48, has struggled since. He staged a comeback with a part in TV's Ugly Betty but the show was cancelled.Ralph, married to Phyllis since the height of his Karate Kid fame, has two children, Julia, 17, and Daniel, 14. He admits his career has been bumpy, but wouldn't change it.

"There's inevitable and ups and downs to it all. I came out of the gate pretty quick and was fortunate with The Outsiders, The Karate Kid and My Cousin Vinny to have a cross section of hit films," he says. "Then you try to bridge the gap to adult roles. I balance raising my family with projects behind the camera."

How does he feel now about being the original Karate Kid?

"It's a compliment," he says. "I'm glad I helped mould people's adolescence. I did my best to fool everyone I was great at karate, but I worked hard at it. I had five weeks of training. It was a lot of fun - when I wasn't getting hit."

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