Before Marvel Studios, Samuel L. Jackson and ABC's "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.", there was "Baywatch" actor David Hasselhoff delivering a 'Jack Burton'-type comic book performance in director Rod Hardy's 1998 TV movie, "Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.", produced by Marvel's Stan Lee and written by David Goyer ("Man Of Steel"), based on the Marvel Comics character, inspired by the illustrations of Jim Steranko, with actress Sandra Hess as 'Andrea von Strucker' aka 'Viper'.
"I was the first 'Nick Fury'", said Hasselhoff.
"...'Nick Fury', retired, is approached to return to duty to take down agents of the terrorist organization 'HYDRA', led by the children of 'Baron Wolfgang von Strucker', an old enemy of his. HYDRA has reconstituted a pathogen known as the 'Death's Head' virus, and threatens to attack Manhattan with it, barring payment of US $1 billion..."
"Stan Lee put me in that. Came on the set and told me all about Nick," said Hasselhoff.
"He said 'You're the ultimate Nick Fury'. He gave me the greatest compliment ever."
"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…
'I was hoping to have played him in ('The Avengers') movie.
"And then Samuel L. Jackson came in and he was great..."
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