Jaden Smith's Karate Kid training worries
Harald Zwart remakes the 1984 classic with this 2010 martial arts family comedy-drama, produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and starring their son Jaden as the main character. Dre Parker (Smith) is a 12-year-old boy from Detroit who moves to Beijing, China with his mother and runs afoul of the neighborhood bully. He makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense. Taraji P. Henson plays the part of Dre's mother.
Jaden Smith trained for three months prior to shooting 'The Karate Kid'.
The 12-year-old actor - who plays lead character Dre Parker in the 2010 reimagining of the 1980s classic family movie - trained for a while prior to going on set in China, but many believed it wouldn't be long enough to get him into fighting form.
He said: "It was three months before, four months during the shoot and I'm training again now.
"There was a lot of training and at one point we really didn't think we would have enough time to learn it. And you know, on set we would have a few little accidents.
"OK I admit it - I got hit like once! But you have to make some contact otherwise it doesn't work. And if you are going to hit someone and they are meant to block the blow and they don't, well they are going to get hit in the face. So they need to block it."
Jaden - who worked alongside his mother and father Jada and Will Smith in the movie - also claims to have enjoyed China, but confesses not know Chinese did have its downfalls.
He told Movies.ie: "On our first day in China I went to an amusement park and we were racing in these cars. Very cool. I wish I could speak the language though. I remember we were at the amusement park and these guys were yelling at us and I had no idea what they were saying, they just started yelling for some reason. It was like 'why are they yelling?' I did like China but you know, I was working a lot of the time."