Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Jackson On Fury, Iron 2, Spirit

Hollywood's resident badass Samuel L. Jackson is bringing his swagger to a slew of SF related-films and revealed that he's angling to beef up his Iron Man cameo role of Nick Fury in Iron Man 2 and subsequent Marvel Comics films, leading up to The Avengers.

On Oct. 18, Jackson happened to run into Iron Man director Jon Favreau at the Scream Awards in Hollywood, and they got to talking about Nick Fury's prospects in future Marvel properties--and potentially his own film, Jackson said.

"I would love that, but he's got to be part of Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, and then The Avengers will probably happen at some point," Jackson said in a group interview in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Oct. 19, where he was promoting the comedy Soul Men. "I [feel like I] haven't actually played Nick Fury yet. I kind of showed up as Nick Fury. It's interesting, because I saw Favreau last night. Script's being done. I was hanging out with George Lucas at the Scream Awards, and he just happened to be there."

Jackson added that David Hasselhoff, who played Nick Fury in a 1998 TV movie, is not angry that Jackson took the role in the movies. "I saw him the other week, he didn't seem to be," Jackson said, with tongue in cheek.

Jackson will be seen soon as the villainous Octopus in Frank Miller's comic-inspired The Spirit this Christmas and in a live-action adaptation of his animated TV series Afro Samurai.

Jackson has already seen the final cut of The Spirit and tells Miller fans to expect a surprise. "I've seen it," he said. "I loved it, and it’s got its own kind of space. A lot of people think it's going to look like Sin City, but it's not. It looks totally different."

Tonally, Jackson said the film's fight scenes evoke Looney Tunes cartoons. The Octopus and the Spirit (Gabriel Macht) hit each other with oversized weapons, like giant pipes and toilet bowls. "It's a real-live action cartoon, because we get to do some kind of outrageous stuff to each other, and nothing happens."

Meanwhile, Jackson said that he's still waiting for a script for the live-action Afro Samurai. Jackson provides the voice for the animated Afro Samurai series and expects to play the live-action incarnation. He said that he doesn't know whether the story will follow the cartoon or retell it with an origin story. "I don't know yet," he said. "They haven't turned in a script. They won't turn in that script." --Fred Topel
Samuel L. Jackson is the Octopus in Frank Miller's The Spirit.

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