Before Samuel L. Jackson, there was "Baywatch" actor David Hasselhoff delivering a 'Jack Burton' comic book performance in "Battlestar Galactica" director Rod Hardy's 1998 TV movie, "Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.", written by David Goyer ("The Dark Knight"), based on the Marvel Comics character:
"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…
"He was a big throwback to the old World War II days, you know.
'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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