ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

Dr. Robert Goldman is a man with an incredible list of accomplishments and he has rubbed shoulders with everyone from Hollywood heavyweights like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and global visionaries like Bill Gates and Elon Musk.

So when Dr. Goldman says he is excited about something and feels it will have an impact, it is wise to listen.

Dr. Goldman feels "The Martial Arts Kid", which he is an Executive Producer on, is an important project.

"I think the anti-bullying message of the film is important", says Dr. Goldman. "This is what drew me to the film, which is the possibility of people interacting with people in a healthy way. Today, it seems everyone is taking selfies and texting, but not actually interacting on a personal level."

"It turned out even better than I expected", he added. "I'm very proud of everyone involved".

Dr. Goldman says that includes the young stars of the film, including Jansen Panettiere as the titular "Kid", Robbie; Kathryn Newton as his love interest Rina and Matthew Ziff as the bully, Bo Whitlaw.

"They all have star potential", says Dr. Goldman.

But Dr. Goldman saves his highest praise for the co-headliners of the film -martial arts/action movie legends Cynthia Rothrock and Don "The Dragon" Wilson, who play Robbie's aunt and uncle and mentor him in the film.

"Cynthia is truly remarkable and amazing, but at the same time modest and wonderful", he says. "She is the epitome of a teacher and world champion and is the first woman martial artist to make a huge impact in films".

"Don and Cynthia are almost like bookends", he continues. "Caring and proficient masters and mentors who show respect to all".

"A lot of what I do is to try and benefit society", Dr. Goldman adds. "Do I want this movie's message to get out? Yes. Naturally, if we can get a good deal done to get the message out there by releasing it theatrically, we'll do that. There is, of course, a risk that if we release the film theatrically, it may not make as much domestically as we would like".

"But my only concern is how successful this film is in getting the message out", he concludes.

"The Martial Arts Kid" is scheduled to hit theaters in late 2015.


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