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David Hasselhoff Was ‘Ultimate Nick Fury,’ Says David Hasselhoff

With all of the attention Samuel L. Jackson has received for his turn as eye patch-wearing super-spy Nick Fury in five Marvel films — most recently in the billion-dollar blockbuster The Avengers — David Hasselhoff would like to remind everyone that he was the original Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. The “organic” one, whatever that means.

“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,” the former star of Knight Rider and Baywatch told Movieline. “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.”

As most fans will probably recall, even if they’ve never seen it, Hasselhoff starred with Lisa Renna and Sandra Hess in Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., a 1998 television movie written by David S. Goyer and probably best forgotten. The Hoff remembers it, though, like it was yesterday.

“Stan Lee said, ‘You’re the ultimate Nick Fury,’” he told the website. “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.”


  • Brian Middleton Jr

    Tell it to KITT

  • Brian Buchanan

    I thought he actually did a not bad job. Script was cheesy…..but overall it was really not bad at all.

  • lead_sharp

    He definitely looked the part.

  • Mario Fdez

    Oh boy….

  • Prayer Police

    Technically, Samuel L. Jackson is the “Ultimate” version of Nick Fury

  • Joseph Howard

    “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.”

    That quote is both extremely hilarious and extremely depressing at the same time.

  • Southeast Design

    He was almost tolerable in that movie. It still does not make up for the music videos he has released in his lifetime though. 

  • Scotle555

    FAIL!!  ULTIMATE FAIL!!  If the Hoff were as good in real life as he is in his own mind, we wouldn’t need all these silly award shows.  Because he’d win them all!

  • Irfan Alisic

    I really hope he was joking

  • darthtigris

    David Hasselhoff was …

    The End

  • Stephen Bergstrom

    Dude, bitter much? Sorry, Mr. Hasselhoff, but there was literally no way in the universe that you were going to be Nick Fury in the Marvel films. They picked Samuel L. Jackson, but they probably would have picked PETER Jackson before you’d have a shot.

  • Elias Algorithm

    I enjoyed that movie (because I’m weird) but let’s not kid ourselves here. Jackson is Fury and has been since the beginning of that version of the character. Hasselhoff just wants the attention now that he can’t believably fail to eat a cheeseburger.

  • Grav

    Shouldn’t the title of this article read “David Hasselhoff was the ‘ultimate Nick Fury,’ says David Hasselhoff.”  It’s misleading the way it’s written because he’s not trying to say he’s Nick Fury from the Ultimate’s universe.

  • checomardiaz

    Well said.

  • SageShinigami

    I’m fairly sure Avengers takes place in an altered version of the main universe, since Thor isn’t a mental patient, and everyone in it’s not a dick.

  • DrHiphop85

    What if David Hasselhoff played the Ultimate version of the Cinematic Universe Fury? lol

  • Ken Staten

    Could make it like the marvel 616 comic and have Hasselhoff’s Fury be the father of Jackson’s Fury. 

  • sandwich eater

    Even though he looks more like Ultimate Nick Fury, I do think that Jackson brought in elements of the original Fury in his portrayal.  I think that he was perfect in the role. In my opinion, the Avengers movie was pretty much perfectly cast.