Samuel L. Jackson has become known for being über-cool in just about every single thing he does. Not only is he a Bible quoting hitman, but he’s Shaft, the leader of group of superheroes and on top of all that a Jedi Knight. The role as the leader of a bunch of superheroes is one of the jobs keeping Jackson busy these days, but another actor not only wants the job he has but thinks he’d be a much better option.
David Hasselhoff, to his credit, played Marvel S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury well before Jackson stepped into the role for the Marvel phase films they’re making now. In speaking to UK Yahoo! recently, the Hoff said he wasn’t impressed with Jackson’s portrayal of Fury and thinks he did a much better job.
He also doesn’t know who directed the movie he wants to be in.
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 [The Avengers] decided they wanted to go that way. But it’s their prerogative. He’s still a great actor.
Hasselhoff said that back in 1998 when he played Fury, comic book legend Stan Lee called him the ultimate Nick Fury which is the compliment Hasselhoff is taking to heart in this argument.
Stan Lee put me in that. He gave me the best line ever: ‘Guys like you tend to cling to the bowl no matter how many times you flush.’ Stan Lee came on the set and told me all about Nick. He said ‘You’re the ultimate Nick Fury’. He gave me the greatest compliment ever.
The fact of the matter is, while Hasselhoff may look like the Nick Fury of the comics, Samuel L. Jackson has become the new Nick Fury, erasing the older versions from our memory. Like all roles Jackson takes, he owned Nick Fury and no matter what Hasselhoff says, that will continue to be the case.