The former Karate Kid, 50, who finished fourth while on the dancing competition, will guest star on Wednesday’s Happily Divorced finale, playing a New Yorker who vies for Fran Drescher’s affection while he opens up a pizza parlor.
But with the announcement that DWTS is currently casting an all-star season, might Macchio be reaching for his dancing shoes once more?
“I would be flattered and privileged for them to ask me, and I think that on that day I would take a look,” he says. “I always enjoyed creating and telling stories with dance.”
He’s also “friends for life” with his former ballroom partner, pro Karina Smirnoff, but with all that, when pressed he admits that he’s not “dying to jump back onto the dance floor,” adding, “If I was 25, it would be a little bit easier. It’s a lot tougher to be over 40 and do that show.”
Still, should it happen that he’s selected for a parquet encore, “I said to my wife, ‘I’m gonna have to shave my head, do a little tanning and start throwing that football around if I want to go back,’ ” says Macchio, in reference to past winners Hines Ward, J.R. Martinez and Donald Driver. “At the end of the day … it’s a show.”