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David Hasselhoff still feels he's the best Nick Fury and wants another shot to prove it

Sep. 13, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Don't hassle the Hoff about Nick Fury!

Many aren't aware (nor should they be) that David Hasselhoff once portrayed Nick Fury in a made-for-cable movie, situating the Knight Rider and Baywatch star as the first to portray the Marvel character onscreen (albeit the small one). Since that time, the Hoff has been very vocal about his feelings about the role, even engaging in a Twitter war with the man who currently holds the role, Samuel L. Jackson.

Recently, at the Cardiff Film and Comic Con, Hasselhoff dropped more of his thoughts about the role and even backtracked a bit on the initial criticism he gave to Samuel L. Jackson, although not quite all the way. "I was the first Nick Fury," he said. "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'." Apparently, Hasselhoff sees Stan Lee, creator of Nick Fury, as the true shepard of the character. "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."

As far as Samuel L. Jackson's portrayal of the character, which is based on the alternate universe (aka Ultimates) version of the character, the Hoff wasn't impressed, even going on to blame the director, whom he doesn't seem to know (that's Joss Whedon, bro).

"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."

The Hoff is still holding out hope to return to the one-eyed, cigar-chomping secret agent role, saying:

"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 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."

It's kind of easy to pick Hasselhoff, but he's actually right in a few respects. For one, Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury is a vastly different kind of Nick Fury than the traditional, non-Ultimate version. Although Jackson does a fine job in the role, he is definitely a far cry from the Nick Fury in the regular Marvel 616. I wouldn't want to see the Hoff in the role again, but would be interested in seeing the regular version of ol' Nick Fury somewhere down the line.

Samuel L. Jackson's next incarnation of Nick Fury will be in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER on April 4, 2014.

What do you think? Is Sam Jackson the end-all-be-all Nick Fury or would you like to see the classic version onscreen?

Just...this...all over the place...

Extra Tidbit: Who do you think would make a good Nick Fury?
Source: Yahoo! UK

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2:13AM on 10/01/2013
The Hoff was awful in that movie... only movie where he hasnt stunk up the place is the Spongebob Squarepants movie...

Extra Tidbit: Stephen Lang for Nick Fury
The Hoff was awful in that movie... only movie where he hasnt stunk up the place is the Spongebob Squarepants movie...

Extra Tidbit: Stephen Lang for Nick Fury
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2:03AM on 09/17/2013

Hoff sez...

"whoever directed [the Avengers] decided they...."
Oh um.... NICK FURY first appeared in IRON MAN.. dumbass... NOT AVENGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"whoever directed [the Avengers] decided they...."
Oh um.... NICK FURY first appeared in IRON MAN.. dumbass... NOT AVENGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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3:19PM on 09/16/2013

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9:12AM on 09/16/2013

Ahhhhh

hahahahahahahhahaha! oh, I'm crying over here. Don't hold your breath, Hof.
hahahahahahahhahaha! oh, I'm crying over here. Don't hold your breath, Hof.
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9:58AM on 09/15/2013
"whoever directed [THE AVENGERS]"
And there he lost the argument...

At least we are not gonna get new twitter nonsense from the Hoff in the next two weeks. He is bringing his career to new hights participating in German Celebrity Big Brother
LOL

I think Jackson does a fine job but I can't say cinematic Nick makes me hold my breath. As a movie character he falls a little flat, probably because they don't use him for much more than exposition. He is always just the guy who explains the
"whoever directed [THE AVENGERS]"
And there he lost the argument...

At least we are not gonna get new twitter nonsense from the Hoff in the next two weeks. He is bringing his career to new hights participating in German Celebrity Big Brother
LOL

I think Jackson does a fine job but I can't say cinematic Nick makes me hold my breath. As a movie character he falls a little flat, probably because they don't use him for much more than exposition. He is always just the guy who explains the problem or what is required for a solution but hardly ever has to do anything that characterizes the role itself or gives him some depth.
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8:09AM on 09/15/2013
He looked like the original Nick more, obviously but Ultimate Nick has looked like Samuel for years so it was gonna happen and Sam is the one people love.
He looked like the original Nick more, obviously but Ultimate Nick has looked like Samuel for years so it was gonna happen and Sam is the one people love.
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3:43PM on 09/14/2013

another washout actor trying to regain fame

Please, David..When i was a kid, i really like you in knight rider & not other ..when they came out with new knight rider series where damn bunch of boys trying to follow your footsteps, i started puke...

But seriously, Nick Fury? PLEASE.......Y would you come out after Avengers is a Success? trying to share some glamour & hope to get a place in Avengers 2?..please do not be delusional & get back to your Piranha 3DDDDDDD
Please, David..When i was a kid, i really like you in knight rider & not other ..when they came out with new knight rider series where damn bunch of boys trying to follow your footsteps, i started puke...

But seriously, Nick Fury? PLEASE.......Y would you come out after Avengers is a Success? trying to share some glamour & hope to get a place in Avengers 2?..please do not be delusional & get back to your Piranha 3DDDDDDD
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12:07PM on 09/14/2013
I feel bad for the Hoff but he's really burning bridges here. He should sway he thought the Avengers was great and that he hopes he can appear in the SHIELD series as a homage to the SHIELD pilot that he did back in 1995.
I feel bad for the Hoff but he's really burning bridges here. He should sway he thought the Avengers was great and that he hopes he can appear in the SHIELD series as a homage to the SHIELD pilot that he did back in 1995.
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11:03AM on 09/14/2013

If they do 616 Nick Fury...

Liam Neeson?
Liam Neeson?
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10:48AM on 09/14/2013
Maybe he wants to do a version with Uwe Boll?
Maybe he wants to do a version with Uwe Boll?
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9:18AM on 09/14/2013
Another case of an actor not knowing what the fuck they're talking about!
Another case of an actor not knowing what the fuck they're talking about!
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10:14PM on 09/13/2013
He and Sean Young should totally hang out.
He and Sean Young should totally hang out.
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10:05PM on 09/13/2013

I Remember The Nick Fury TV Movie...

Hasselhoff did some really poor acting in some scenes that I can't scrub out of my brain. Part of the blame goes to the producers and director, but DH isn't a skilled enough actor to make a Marvel Movie Nick Fury.
Hasselhoff did some really poor acting in some scenes that I can't scrub out of my brain. Part of the blame goes to the producers and director, but DH isn't a skilled enough actor to make a Marvel Movie Nick Fury.
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9:59PM on 09/13/2013
I think if the 616-Nick Fury does make a comeback in film, there's probably better actors to cast than David Hasselhoff.
I think if the 616-Nick Fury does make a comeback in film, there's probably better actors to cast than David Hasselhoff.
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9:04PM on 09/13/2013

Also..

The Ultimate Nick Fury was modeled off Jackson's looks and persona, so really he's playing a character that was originally based on him anyway.
The Ultimate Nick Fury was modeled off Jackson's looks and persona, so really he's playing a character that was originally based on him anyway.
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7:21PM on 09/13/2013
The Nick Fury tv movie that the Hoff was in was made by Fox for their tv movie lineup (remember, they also did Generation X as a tv movie too). So it wasn't a cable tv station that this thing was made for.

As for the extra tidbit, Timothy Olyphant, Anson Mount, or Liam Neeson. Hell, throw Kurt Russell into the mix too.
The Nick Fury tv movie that the Hoff was in was made by Fox for their tv movie lineup (remember, they also did Generation X as a tv movie too). So it wasn't a cable tv station that this thing was made for.

As for the extra tidbit, Timothy Olyphant, Anson Mount, or Liam Neeson. Hell, throw Kurt Russell into the mix too.
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7:29PM on 09/13/2013
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
6:46PM on 09/13/2013

Hoff Verus Jackson

haha thats funny Hoff, but you should have done something when they were casting for the Avengers...Sammuel L. Jackson does a good job...I wouldnt mind a more traditional Fury...but I dont think it would make a good solo movie in theaters...maybe direct to DVD (though I am not a fan of those).
haha thats funny Hoff, but you should have done something when they were casting for the Avengers...Sammuel L. Jackson does a good job...I wouldnt mind a more traditional Fury...but I dont think it would make a good solo movie in theaters...maybe direct to DVD (though I am not a fan of those).
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6:42PM on 09/13/2013

Jump in my car

I wanna take you home
I wanna take you home
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6:23PM on 09/13/2013
He may be the ultimate Nick Fury but that was in 1995 (I think).
He may be the ultimate Nick Fury but that was in 1995 (I think).
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5:54PM on 09/13/2013
In other news, he says the idea came to him during a drunk cheeseburger eating incident.
In other news, he says the idea came to him during a drunk cheeseburger eating incident.
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5:29PM on 09/13/2013
I prefer the old style Nick Fury, but Sam Jackson did just fine in The Avengers.

Extra Tidbit: Maybe Karl Urban. Perhaps not a perfect fit, but can't think of anyone else who would be better suited.
I prefer the old style Nick Fury, but Sam Jackson did just fine in The Avengers.

Extra Tidbit: Maybe Karl Urban. Perhaps not a perfect fit, but can't think of anyone else who would be better suited.
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5:14PM on 09/13/2013

Sooooooo.....

I'm confused, I thought today was Friday The 13th, not April Fools...
I'm confused, I thought today was Friday The 13th, not April Fools...
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5:10PM on 09/13/2013

This guy...

is delusional.
is delusional.
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4:28PM on 09/13/2013
David Hasselhoff is an asshole.
David Hasselhoff is an asshole.
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3:47PM on 09/13/2013

Obviously never read the Ultimates

or probably any other Nick Fury related stuff so what makes him an authortiy on the subject? Oh...he met Stan Lee...once.
or probably any other Nick Fury related stuff so what makes him an authortiy on the subject? Oh...he met Stan Lee...once.
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3:10PM on 09/13/2013
I love Hasselhoff's portrayal because he just starts kicking a guy in the gut without asking a single question.
I love Hasselhoff's portrayal because he just starts kicking a guy in the gut without asking a single question.
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3:08PM on 09/13/2013

Oh.....HELL no..

Alternate comic book universe version be damned. The cinematic universe is a completely different universe than anything in the comics. Hence why they can do things like they did with the Mandarin. That being said, I don't care if it is based on some alternate version. Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury is 100 times better that the Hoff's Fury. In fact, I think that Sam's Fury would beat the hell out of the Hoff's. Besides, if they did go with a traditional Fury there are a crap ton of better
Alternate comic book universe version be damned. The cinematic universe is a completely different universe than anything in the comics. Hence why they can do things like they did with the Mandarin. That being said, I don't care if it is based on some alternate version. Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury is 100 times better that the Hoff's Fury. In fact, I think that Sam's Fury would beat the hell out of the Hoff's. Besides, if they did go with a traditional Fury there are a crap ton of better actors out there. I think it would be hilarious is Whedon, having read the Hoff's comments, had Sam Jackson say that line about clinging to the bowl on camera if only just for the gag reel on the Avengers 2 BluRay.
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3:03PM on 09/13/2013
Jump in kitt and drive the hell away now
Jump in kitt and drive the hell away now
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2:41PM on 09/13/2013

unfair

I wanted to play Nick Fury too!
I wanted to play Nick Fury too!
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2:38PM on 09/13/2013
Ok guys, his Nicky Fury tv movie was awful but come on, at least he does look the part better than Jackson, alternate universe or not.
Ok guys, his Nicky Fury tv movie was awful but come on, at least he does look the part better than Jackson, alternate universe or not.
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2:40PM on 09/13/2013
The Ultimates version was based off of Samuel L. Jackson....
The Ultimates version was based off of Samuel L. Jackson....
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2:37PM on 09/13/2013

Er...

He does realize that Samuel L. Jackson was cast yeeeeears before The Avengers, right? I bet he doesn't even realize how many movies have had him as Fury, starting with Iron Man.
He does realize that Samuel L. Jackson was cast yeeeeears before The Avengers, right? I bet he doesn't even realize how many movies have had him as Fury, starting with Iron Man.
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2:36PM on 09/13/2013

The only person who takes David Hasslehoff seriously

is David Hasslehoff. There's no way he could hold a candle to Samuel L. Jackson for sheer badassery. Face it, Hoff, the world of comic-based movies has moved on and your acting skills haven't.

If we had to have a classic Nick Fury? Liam Neeson heads the list, Harrison Ford would be fun, Josh Brolin wouldn't be half-bad and Viggo Mortensen would bring some serious intensity. Just for s**ts and giggles, I'd give Dwayne Johnson a shot; he's a better actor than a lot of people give him
is David Hasslehoff. There's no way he could hold a candle to Samuel L. Jackson for sheer badassery. Face it, Hoff, the world of comic-based movies has moved on and your acting skills haven't.

If we had to have a classic Nick Fury? Liam Neeson heads the list, Harrison Ford would be fun, Josh Brolin wouldn't be half-bad and Viggo Mortensen would bring some serious intensity. Just for s**ts and giggles, I'd give Dwayne Johnson a shot; he's a better actor than a lot of people give him credit.
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2:36PM on 09/13/2013

You can't argue with The Hoff...

Not because he is right, but because he is so totally ridiculous that it is pointless. Let him be the best Nick Fury in his little world where Baywatch Nights was an amazing show, burgers taste better served on a rug, and he brought down the Berlin wall all by himself using only the power of his electrifying vocal talents. We all live in the real world, where Sam is the man.
Not because he is right, but because he is so totally ridiculous that it is pointless. Let him be the best Nick Fury in his little world where Baywatch Nights was an amazing show, burgers taste better served on a rug, and he brought down the Berlin wall all by himself using only the power of his electrifying vocal talents. We all live in the real world, where Sam is the man.
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2:27PM on 09/13/2013
Samuel L Jackson makes for a perfect Nick Fury. Jackson is a badass and so is Nick Fury. Perfect combination. At this point I really can't see anyone else playing the role. Hopefully we get to see Fury in action more with all the future sequels coming out. Or perhaps a guest spot or two on Agents of Shield.
Samuel L Jackson makes for a perfect Nick Fury. Jackson is a badass and so is Nick Fury. Perfect combination. At this point I really can't see anyone else playing the role. Hopefully we get to see Fury in action more with all the future sequels coming out. Or perhaps a guest spot or two on Agents of Shield.
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2:24PM on 09/13/2013
This is like if Bane from Batman and Robin was talking shit on Tom Hardy.
This is like if Bane from Batman and Robin was talking shit on Tom Hardy.
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2:23PM on 09/13/2013
Go home hasselhoff you're drunk.........again
Go home hasselhoff you're drunk.........again
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3:10PM on 09/13/2013
while eating cheese burgers.... again
while eating cheese burgers.... again
2:13PM on 09/13/2013
Too funny and sad. Go back and do another album where it only sells in Romania
Too funny and sad. Go back and do another album where it only sells in Romania
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2:11PM on 09/13/2013
This Nick Fury movie was so bad. And it was written by the same guy who is writing all of the DC movies now, David Goyer.
This Nick Fury movie was so bad. And it was written by the same guy who is writing all of the DC movies now, David Goyer.
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2:39PM on 09/13/2013
I don't think Goyer is necessarily bad -- he's had a lot of bad stuff, but a lot of good stuff too.
I don't think Goyer is necessarily bad -- he's had a lot of bad stuff, but a lot of good stuff too.
3:08PM on 09/13/2013
All of his good stuff is with him as a co-writer to a great writer. If he can't leach off of an actual good writer, then he is completely lost.
All of his good stuff is with him as a co-writer to a great writer. If he can't leach off of an actual good writer, then he is completely lost.
3:56PM on 09/13/2013
Thank you, Derkesthai. I am so tired of people defending his writing. He has proven consistently that he is an average writer--awful at times--and yet people excuse this because of the good scripts co-written by better writers. Dark City was co-written by two writers. Stop using this as an example!
Thank you, Derkesthai. I am so tired of people defending his writing. He has proven consistently that he is an average writer--awful at times--and yet people excuse this because of the good scripts co-written by better writers. Dark City was co-written by two writers. Stop using this as an example!
6:44PM on 09/13/2013
Goyer is a pile of shit, the guy couldn't write a good trivia napkin let alone a screenplay.
Goyer is a pile of shit, the guy couldn't write a good trivia napkin let alone a screenplay.
8:51PM on 09/13/2013
Goyer has admitted he was very thankful to be given a writing credit on the Bats trilogy, as in, he knew he didn't do much. He probably just did an outline and guided the Nolans on the best Batman stories from the comics
Goyer has admitted he was very thankful to be given a writing credit on the Bats trilogy, as in, he knew he didn't do much. He probably just did an outline and guided the Nolans on the best Batman stories from the comics
8:51PM on 09/13/2013
Goyer has admitted he was very thankful to be given a writing credit on the Bats trilogy, as in, he knew he didn't do much. He probably just did an outline and guided the Nolans on the best Batman stories from the comics
Goyer has admitted he was very thankful to be given a writing credit on the Bats trilogy, as in, he knew he didn't do much. He probably just did an outline and guided the Nolans on the best Batman stories from the comics
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