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ACTOR HASN'T TIRED OF PLAYING MR. MIYAGI IN `KARATE KID' FLICKS

Actor Pat Morita still hasn't tired of playing Mr. Miyagi, the Yoda-like mentor of two generations of Karate Kids.

Morita, back for a fourth go-around in "The Next Karate Kid," says Miyagi is "one of my heroes. In films your Asian heroes used to be Charlie Chan and Mr. Moto; there was never a singular image that the general population could put on a pedestal, someone they would love to have in their own life. I wish I could meet and get to know a Miyagi. I don't have his wisdom and his years and generations of all-knowingness, but then again, in one lifetime, who does?" - Thomas D. Elias