The reinvention of Ralph Macchio is officially underway, people. Back in June, the former teen idol was the toast of the Interweb in a hilarious "Funny Or Die" sketch that humorously depicted his bitter reaction to this year's Karate Kid movie remake, and now Canadian leather-rockers Danko Jones have brilliantly cast him in their new music video, "Had Enough."
In what just might be his best onscreen performance since his death-bed speech to Ponyboy in The Outsiders, in "Had Enough" Ralph portrays a mad scientist who invents a method of cloning himself. (This is fine with us, as we say we need more Macchios in this world!) Ralph stars alongside comedian Don Jamieson (from VH1's "That Metal Show") and the Viking from Capital One's ad campaign. Yes, the result is as awesome as that sounds, if not awesome-er:
Discussing his decision to take on this odd acting role, Ralph told Spin: "I'm always accused of being one of the nicest guys in showbiz...but that all changed when I met Danko Jones and comany. These guys are crazy respectful, so damn nice and appreciative...come on boys, you're a rock band. I was expecting to get screamed at! Instead I got praised and lauded for doing their video. Had a blast being involved. Was just trying to be as cool as the Elijah Wood kid from the first one. Jason and Josh Diamond [the brothers who directed the video] allowed me to play 'the bad guy.' Always fun to play the villain."
"Had Enough" is actually the prequel to Danko Jones's equally ambitious "Full Of Regret" video, which came out in May 2010 and starred--as Ralph alluded to in the above paragraph--Elijah Wood, along with Selma Blair, Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, and Mike Watt of Minutemen/fIREHOSE fame. Yes, that result too was awesome. So what will Danko Jones do for a video encore? Well, these videos will be tough to top, but watch this space...