It seems that the success of The Avengers is breeding all kinds of resentment, just ask David Hasselhoff. Yes, that David Hasselhoff. The Knight Rider driving, Baywatch saving, drunk hamburger-eating actor and German pop sensation is a little miffed with the little superhero movie that could.
Why? Let’s flashback to 1998. Bill Clinton was telling us what the the definition of “is” was, movie-goers were seeing double with two asteroid movies and two movies about animated insects, and FOX aired a TV movie called Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. starring The Hoff as Nick Fury. Yeah, that happened.
Well now because of The Avengers, people are associating Samuel L. Jackson with the role of Fury, and he is not impressed. Check out the following excerpt from a Hasselhoff interview in Movieline:
“I didn’t see The Avengers yet,” Hasselhoff stated while promoting his latest film, Piranha 3DD. “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 [presumable he’s referring to the Ultimate Nick Fury]. 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.”
“Stan Lee said, ‘You’re the ultimate Nick Fury,’” [wonder if that pun was intended]. “Avi Arad, when they bought it, said, ‘Don’t worry, you’re going to be the Nick Fury forever,’ and they lied. [Pause] But that happens to me all the time. That’s when you realize life isn’t fair.”
To put it in context, 1998 was two years before the launch of the Ultimate universe, which purposefully modelled the Ultimate version of Fury on the actor Jackson. So Marvel would have had to have been crazy not to exploit this when it came time to cast the big screen Fury, and considering that Jackson is a huge comic nerd it was the closest definition to no-brainer casting you can get in Hollywood.
In Hasselhoff’s defense though, if you go back and check out his TV movie Fury, it’s not all bad. It’s completely different in tone than what Jackson did, and how The Avengers was treated stylistically, but it’s still not a complete write-off. And the kicker, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was written by David S. Goyer, one of the go-to screenwriters now for comic book movies. Also, this was the same year another Goyer script became a major (big screen) hit. It was called Blade.
Well dum-dum Dugan!
Source: Comic Book Movie