How many people know about—let alone have actually watched—the 1998 made-for-TV film Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD, which starred David Hasselhoff as the eye patch-wearing director of SHIELD? Well, Hasselhoff wants people to remember, because in a recent interview with Yahoo!Movies, he claims that his interpretation of the character was superior to Samuel Jackson’s theatrical version.
The Baywatch and Knight Rider star says, “I was the first Nick Fury. Stan Lee put me in that… 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 line ever: ‘Guys like you tend to cling to the bowl no matter how many times you flush.'” Hasselhoff did do research on the character, which is apparently more than the writers of the poorly-received film did. “It was a challenge, but it was also more fun than anything. I did a lot of research — I read as much about Nick Fury as I could.”
“Nick Fury is a real tough guy and he didn’t have any special powers… A big word in my life is ‘respect’ and you know, might for right. He was a big throwback to the old World War II days, you know.” Hasselhoff maintains that his version of Nick Fury was better than Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal in the Iron Man films and The Avengers.
“You know, it wasn’t Nick Fury,” Hasselhoff said, in regard to Jackson. “They take these shows and they make it the way they want to make it, 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, but I was hoping to have played him in the movie. 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 originally 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.“
Of course, Hasselhoff’s portrayal of the character was based on the original Stan Lee/Jack Kirby version, while Jackson’s was based on the newer ‘Ultimates’ Fury, who’s appearance was actually inspired by Samuel Jackson himself. The chances of seeing Hasselhoff back in the heli-carrier at this point is probably pretty slim, because Jackson has already signed on to keep wearing the eye patch for a few more years, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, and even a possible Nick Fury & SHIELD movie.