April 16, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Karate Kid

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
140 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/11/10
performer
Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson
director
Harald Zwart
distributor
Columbia Pictures
genre
Drama

Why He Looks Familiar
The 11-year-old son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith costarred with his dad in 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness and appeared in the 2008 sci-fi flick The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Wax On, Wax Off
”I’ve done karate since I was about 4,” says Smith. ”When I was younger, I was like, ‘I want to be trained by Jackie Chan.’ And now here I am doing a movie with him!” Of his three-hour daily training regimen, Smith says, ”The hardest thing was probably the stretching. I’d cry sometimes, it was so painful.”

Chip Off the Old Block
“I’ve always wanted to be an actor,” says Smith, who has been acting professionally since age 6. ”My parents said, ‘You can pick your career, do whatever you want to do. Now, if you mess up, don’t blame it on us.”’

Up Next
Smith doesn’t have his next project lined up. ”Not yet,” he says. ”But soon.”

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