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Like so many things related to Marvel, it all started in the Ultimate Universe. In issue #4 of The Ultimates, team members fan cast each in a movie adaptation of their lives. When asked about his pick, Fury responds, “Mr. Samuel L. Jackson, of course.” The line, written by Mark Millar, referenced the fact that penciler Bryan Hitch used Jackson as an inspiration for this new version of the Director of SHIELD.
Appropriately, Hitch’s drawings helped lead to Jackson being cast as Nick Fury for Iron Man in 2008, taking the place of David Hasselhoff, who played the character in a 1998 tv movie. It’s even more appropriate that Jackson has taken it upon himself to develop the character’s live-action appearances.
In an interview with Collider, Jackson revealed that he largely controls Fury’s lines. “I’ve been doing Nick Fury for so long, I know what he sounds like and I know how he thinks and how he feels,” Jackson insisted. “If the writer is a fan of that kind of thing – the superhero genre – they know how to do it.” So when working with a screenwriter who understands comics, Jackson has no problems.
But Jackson goes on to admit that he encounters scripts that don’t have the right tone. “The writer knows what he wants to say, but he hadn’t said it, so let me help,” Jackson explains. He’ll then go back to the director and unpack his reasoning. “Look, I know you wrote this, but this is a better way to say that as Nick Fury,” Jackson tells his directors.
Source: Den of Geek