June 11, 2010

Jaden Smith is the Karate Kid

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Karate_kid_130 Jaden Smith made his movie debut in 2006, acting with his dad, Will Smith. This summer, Jaden gets his first starring role in a re-imagining of a classic ’80s movie, The Karate Kid (rated PG). Here’s the scoop on the new Karate Kid (rated PG), which opens in theaters June 11.

Jaden plays Dre Parker, a kid from Detroit who moves to Beijing with his mom when she gets a new job (can you imagine changing to a new school halfway around the world? Scary!). At his new school, Dre gets bullied for liking a classmate, and he only knows a little karate to defend himself. Then he meets a maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is a secret master of kung fu. Mr. Han agrees to mentor Dre in kung fu using his unconventional teaching methods.

We caught up with Jaden to find out more about his character, his best subject in school and his book recommendations. (You may have heard of them. . .)

Karate_kid_small Q: Tell us about your character in Karate Kid.

Jaden: My character’s name is Dre Parker. He has to move from his home in Detroit when his mom gets a job in China. Dre wants to be tough all the time. He tries to be the macho, tough-kid type when he goes to China. But instead he gets beats up because he likes this girl. He learns that violence is not the answer.

Q: What do you like about him?

Jaden: I liked his ability to stand up to a bully.

Q: In real life, do you think you would be friends with Dre?

Jaden: Yes, we would be friends because I like his courage. And he’s kind.

Q: Which scene was the most fun to shoot? Which scene was the hardest?

Jaden: The tournament at the end of the movie was the most fun and the hardest to shoot, because I had to constantly fight every day. It was exhausting. But it was also really cool.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school? Why?

Jaden: Math because I am amazing at it.

Q: If you were going to recommend three books to a friend, what books would you recommend?

Jaden: There’s actually four: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. The whole Twilight series [for ages 12 and up] is really good.

Jaden also has this to say to you, Splotters: “Follow your dreams.” Great advice, Jaden! Will you be checking out The Karate Kid? Have you ever watched the original movie? Let us know what you think in the Comments.

— Kelli, Scholastic Staffer

Photos courtesy Columbia Pictures

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  1. mirialin_moon_knight4789

    I know this person who’s related to someone who takes a main role in that, ‘cept I forget who it is. I think my teacher told us about it.
    Is he looking at this? Well, even if he isn’t… That’s awesome advice! Thanks! I’m planning to, anyway, as soon as I get rid of ‘Writer’s Block’ and finish my current project.

  2. 7karebear7

    He is so cute!!! I think he is at least 10 or 11!!!! So excited to see the movie! HE IS A CUTIEEEEEEE

  3. Thestral96

    UUUUUUHHHHH LOOKS AWFUL! The original is soooooo much better it should never be remade it sounds completely different so it should not be called Karate Kid, they are just calling it that so that it will sell Kung Fu is not Karate earth to director!!!!!!

  4. purple-owl

    Hey. I just saw the Karate Kid movie. It was amazing! Jaden sounds like a good person. I’m glad he’s not, like, spoiled. And he’s funny!

  5. kallie

    i havent seen it yet but i am hoping to because i have have gotten a lot of good reviews from family and friends

  6. ninjagirl123

    aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i love jaden smith he is so awsome i wonder where he learned those moves holly flexability!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????

  7. ninjagirl123

    i saw the movie it is awsome. it was so cool all u people should see it. and when u do u will love it it is so a family movie love it jaden smith!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Sat71

    I really can’t wait to see The Karate Kid!!!!!
    I heard it was going to be great! jaden smith rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. 450ninja

    I saw all of the Karate Kids including this one! And i looooove Twilight. Jaden Smith is totally awesome!

  10. Destinee B

    Hey jaden smith i think that you are so cool and i really love your music.
    Love Alway,
    your number 1 fan

  11. kisskiss123

    omg! i watched this movie yesterday and you have got to be? the movie was like rated G for me i thought it was gonna have more action so yeah the movie is not good.the producer did have a good thought about making this movie.

  12. Leiaorgana56

    The movie looks great! Jaden is really cool. I already do karate so this might be a good movie for me 2 see.