Samuel L. Jackson may have taken on the mantle of S.H.I.E.L.D. commander Nick Fury in the recent slate of big-screen Marvel adventures, but David Hasselhoff thinks the world needs reminding: Jackson may be the man now, but the Hoff is still the "ultimate" Nick Fury.
Hasselhoff played the badass, eye-patched government agent in the 1998 made-for-TV movie Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and he told MovieHole that he respects the fact that Jackson has the character now—but said he believes his original, Stan Lee-approved portrayal stands the test of time.
"I didn't see The Avengers yet," Hasselhoff said. "I love Sam Jackson, but you know ... my Nick Fury was the organic Nick Fury that was written and discussed with Stan Lee before anyone got in there to change it. Nick Fury was written to be tongue-in-cheek, and he had a cigar in his mouth, he was a tough guy—he was cool."
Hasselhoff said he was told that if Nick Fury ever popped up again, he'd be the go-to guy. But the folks at Marvel apparently decided to go a different direction when the Avengers films were ramping up.
"Stan Lee said, 'You're the ultimate Nick Fury,'" he said. "Avi Arad, when they bought it, said, 'Don't worry, you're going to be the Nick Fury forever,' and they lied. But that happens to me all the time. That's when you realize life isn't fair."
But Hasselhoff said he has no hard feelings. And if Marvel ever wanted him to cameo in any future hero flicks, he'd be happy to oblige.
"I had a blast playing Nick Fury," he said. "And if it ever came back and Nick Fury has a brother—Dick Fury?—I'd be there."
What do you think? Do you prefer Hasselhoff's over-the-top take on Fury, or Samuel L. Jackson's effort?