As far as Jackson’s portrayal, he said “You know, it wasn’t Nick Fury. They take these shows and they make it the way they want to make it and unfortunately, they should have had Stan Lee on the set and let him kick him into gear – whoever directed [Avengers] decided they wanted to go that way. But it’s their prerogative. He’s still a great actor.” Yeah, “whoever directed” Avengers… some nobody, I’m guessing.
“I was hoping to have played him in the movie,” he revealed. “And then Samuel L. Jackson came in and he was a great Nick Fury but he wasn’t really the consummate Nick Fury, the way he was written. And I think that’s a shame because he’s a great character and a funny character… I’m hoping to do it again sometime.” A “funny” character?! Didn’t he just say he’d done research on the role?
It doesn’t sound like Hasselhoff has any idea that they were actually, essentially playing two separate roles. Hasselhoff’s “white” Fury was in World War II but was specially preserved to stay young over time. In the 60s, the character was revamped as a super spy in reaction to the James Bond spy craze of the time. Over time, S.H.I.E.L.D. became Marvel’s go-to espionage agency. But when Marvel was preparing to release its first round of live-action theatrical movies, they decided to create a modernized take on their comics to attract any movie fans who wanted to sample the comics, but were daunted by their vast histories. So they created their Ultimate Comics universe, wherein Nick Fury was black and was, in fact, inspired by comic fan Samuel L. Jackson! Jackson is essentially playing himself in these movies! And they’re called the “Ultimate” comics… Jackson is literally the Ultimate Nick Fury!
In the past few years, in order to reconcile their movies and comics, the white Nick Fury has even been replaced in the regular Marvel Universe by an African American version and this version has also been used in every animated series in recent years.
But this is just my opinion on the matter. Perhaps Hasselhoff could have elevated ‘Avengers’ to the next level. Heck, maybe he could have even directed it, since apparently they just let some trained ape do it. Oh and him singing the soundtrack is a no-brainer! And maybe they could have replaced ScarJo with Lisa Rinna. Or Pam Anderson. And instead of New York, they have to defend the beach. Okay, stopping. Too easy.
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