It’s 1980 when Zabka first hears the story at a Christian camp. “I was there for the hotdogs and Frisbee. I was a squirrelly skateboard kid.”
But that night, a youth leader tells a campfire story about a father and son, a story that some say is true, others say is urban legend.
One day the father takes his son to work where he operates a drawbridge along the railroad tracks. The father raises the bridge for a boat, but a train arrives ahead of schedule, barreling down the tracks. As they frantically try to lower the bridge, the boy falls into the gears. The father has seconds to decide: Lower the bridge, killing his only son, or let an entire trainload of passengers perish?
“It just left a really big impression on my heart,” [Billy] Zabka says. He becomes a youth counselor himself, retelling the story often.
When he is 18, Zabka finds himself suddenly famous as the jock bully in the 1984 hit movie “The Karate Kid.” He becomes friends with [Bobby] Garabedian, a fellow teen actor getting roles in TV shows like “Who’s The Boss?”
Fast-forward 10 years. It’s morning and Garabedian’s radio alarm goes off. He awakens to someone on a talk show telling a story – about a father and a son and a drawbridge and a decision.
Garabedian is blown away. He tells the story to Zabka (“Wait a second, I know this story!”) and talks about turning it into a movie. Cut to September 2001. Arriving at a Malibu get-together, Garabedian overhears two women who are leaving.
They’re telling someone how they came to L.A. from Australia because they believed they had been called by God, possibly to meet someone, who is maybe making a movie, which could have an effect on viewer’s hearts.
Garabedian runs after them and announces that he’s pretty sure he’s the person God wants them to meet.
--Lori Basheda, OC Register, on the providential making of the movie "Most"