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The character Johnny Lawrence, played by William “Billy” Zabka, was introduced in the 1984 martial arts movie, “The Karate Kid.” In the film, he is presented as a violent bully with not many redeeming qualities. However, in the acclaimed series “Cobra Kai,” which premiered in 2018, the character has depth and attempts to right his wrongs.

For this reason, Johnny has become one of the most popular characters in the “Karate Kid” franchise. 

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During a recent interview, uploaded on Dewey’s Movies YouTube channel, Zabka discussed how he feels about having such passionate fans, some of whom have gotten his character tattooed on them. He explained that “it’s a lot to unpack,” but he is “touched” by the response he has received after reprising the role of Johnny. The actor went on to say that he chose his profession as “an artist” because he “empathize[s] with people.” 

“I’m an empathetic person, I think so,” said Zabka. “I feel like, you know, playing this character and giving him a heart and then seeing it resonate and bounce and other people connecting to that, um, and sending it back with tattoos and gifts and things saying ‘Quiet’ and ‘send it to the internet’ and that it’s — there’s nothing cooler than that.”

The 55-year-old went on to say that he “respect[s] [his] fans” and appreciates the messages he receives about how Johnny inspired them to improve their lives. He also acknowledged the show’s writers deserve credit for creating such a beloved character. Zabka then explained that he views himself as “the instrument that the notes are being played through.”

“I’m thrilled by it and I love that it’s inspiring people, touching people, making them feel tough, making them feel like they can challenge themselves, make themselves better,” said the actor. 

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Zabka has not always had positive fan experiences. During a 2019 People Now interview with his “Cobra Kai” co-star Ralph Macchio, the actor revealed that he had an unpleasant time at Disneyland because of “Karate Kid” fans. He explained that he went to the theme park shortly after the original film premiered. 

“I got surrounded. Someone had said ‘There’s the guy from Karate Kid. “And it turned into one of those things they had to take me out of Disneyland, you know. And I was like, ‘this is weird,’” recalled the actor. 

During a recent interview on the WTF with Marc Maron Podcast, Zabka also revealed some “Karate Kid” fans did not have the best reaction to him at conventions before “Cobra Kai” became a hit. 

“I was the table that the dads would walk by — they would walk up and go, ‘I just want my kid to meet you. This guy was the biggest a******. Nice to meet you.’ And they would walk away,” said Zabka. 

He clarified that people now speak to him more respectfully at fan events. 

“Now, I have people coming up and going, ‘Hey, I love you on the show. Johnny is cool now, somehow he’s cool,’” said the actor. 

To see more of Zabka, check out the first three seasons of “Cobra Kai,” available to stream on Netflix. 

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Kat Dennings appears to have already tied the knot with fiance Andrew WK.

The movie and TV star reposted an image of Andrew with a gold band on his wedding finger when he wished her a happy 35th birthday on Sunday. 

Fans speculated that the two were likely already married as they added comments such as, 'They must be married now!' and 'Is that a wedding band?'

This comes after the Thor actress added a second ring to her diamond engagement ring. 

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The lovebirds have yet to comment on their marital status. And their reps have yet to return calls to DailyMail.com about whether they have tied the knot or not.

Fans made several comment on Kat's Instagram page.

'His wearing a wedding ring looks like they got married,' said stewartwarner862019. 'Y’all got married!!!' said marialeemartinez.

'Now he has a wedding band on!' added mariemiddleton.creations.

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Another fan played detective: 'Have a look on her post from 21st, she already has two rings,' said flaneska then explained more: 'Time she wore second ring was on 21st, have a look at her ring finger when she's typing.'


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Dennings became engaged to WK in mid May.

The actress only confirmed she was dating the musician in early May. And the couple chose to take their romance to the next level as they announced in are engaged to be married just two weeks later.

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Kat shared several pictures of her wedding ring on Instagram, and wrote alongside the images: 'Don't mind if I do.'

And the Party Hard hitmaker shared the same images on his own account, where he simply posted a ring emoji in the caption.

Four days before announcing her engagement, the 2 Broke Girls actress wished the musician a happy birthday by posting a photo of the couple kissing.

On May 3, Kat made their romance Instagram official when she shared two sultry photos of the rocker on Instagram using a heart emoji.

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The romance comes after Kat was previously in a relationship with Josh Groban from 2014 to 2016, while Andrew married Cherie Lily in 2008, with whom he began 'amicable divorce proceedings' in 2019.

Meanwhile, Kat spent most of her 2020 on her own amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and previously said she almost adopted a fox to help keep her company.

The actress originally wanted to bring a second cat into her home, but started looking for other options when she was left unsure how her eight-year-old moggie Millie would react to a cat sibling.

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When asked if she wants another cat knowing it could upset Millie, Kat said: 'Yes [I want another cat]. But this is the issue, I don't want to upset her. Then again, what if I get another cat and they become best friends and they both ignore me?'

The star then admitted she's so desperate for a second pet that she has even looked up adoption pages for rescue foxes, but isn't sure she's up to the task of caring for the domesticated animal.

She added: 'I'm open to anything. I mean, I've looked up domesticated foxes but … that's a whole other can of … foxes.

'There are rescue foxes, I've seen them! Don't get any ideas, I had this idea first Ellen. If you get a fox before me I'm going to be mad!'

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