Will Smith's Son Jaden Kicking It in 'Karate Kid' Remake
He portrays Dre Parker, an American boy who moves to China and learns to stand up to a bully with the help of an eccentric mentor played by martial artist Jackie Chan.
"Jackie taught me to ask, 'My left or camera left? That helped,'" said Jaden, explaining some of the knowledge Chan shared with him over the course of the shoot. Location filming in Beijing was highlighted by scenes shot on top of the Great Wall of China.
Although Jaden learned much about the film business, karate's lessons of obedience, respect and discipline did not stop there.
"His dad told me that Jaden had changed," Chan revealed. "When he takes his shoes off, he doesn't throw them in the corner, but puts them away neatly!"
Jaden Smith, 11, is the son of Hollywood superstar Will 'Fresh Prince' Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Jaden is best known for his role as Christopher opposite his dad in the uplifting tale 'The Pursuit of Happyness.' Will is the only actor in history to have eight consecutive films open at number 1 at the box office including 'Hancock,' 'Hitch' and 'I, Robot.' Jada co-starred opposite her husband in 'Ali' as well as in 'The Matrix Reloaded' and 'The Matrix Revolutions.' She currently stars as Christina Hawthorne in 'Hawthorne,' a medical drama on TNT.
'The Karate Kid' is a sequel to the much-loved original starring Ralph Macchio, Elisabeth Shue and Pat Morita from 'Happy Days' fame. It is scheduled for release on June 11, 2010.
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