Morita. Inspired work, especially when you hear the real Pat Morita's California drawl and see his body language and realise he's absolutely nothing like Mr Miyagi in voice or manner. Morita was known as kind of a lightweight American stand-up comedian who managed to embody this really wise, gravitas laden and noble traditionalist Japanese Martial arts guru. Other than his ethnicity, there was no reason at the time to think Morita would be a good casting choice as Mr Miyagi. There was a lot of actual transformation involved.
Post by finniussnrub on Sept 20, 2020 22:12:57 GMT
Both are great and in a certain sense underrated I think given their iconic nature, some almost seem to take it as a given that they are what they are. Both helped to define the cinematic mentor, which shouldn't be taken for granted. Really on an even keel, notably both films gave each one major emotional scene around their distinct characterization which the performances are often more remembered for. Both aspects both actors deliver on. If I had to choose one...Meredith I guess, it's extremely close though.