david hasselhoff nick fury samuel l jackson agent of shield gi David Hasselhoff says he's the 'ultimate Nick Fury,' not Samuel L. Jackson

David Hasselhoff has dibs on playing Nick Fury. Thanks to a role in a cheesy and rarely remembered film, “Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Hasselhoff did indeed pre-date Samuel L. Jackson in playing the role by many years.

Now, the Hoff wants the world to know that he is the “ultimate Nick Fury.” Jackson is therefore merely a knockoff.

Yahoo! Movies UK got Hasselhoff’s opinions — at great length — on the S.H.I.E.L.D. boss at the Cardiff Film and Comic Con. Surprisingly, David Hasselhoff, an actor best known for his roles in “Knight Rider” and “Baywatch,” wants to be remembered for originating Nick Fury on the silver screen.

“I was the first Nick Fury,” Hasselhoff said in the interview. “Stan Lee put me in that … Stan Lee came on the set and told me all about Nick. He said ‘You’re the ultimate Nick Fury.’ He gave me the greatest compliment ever!”

Because most of us now know Samuel L. Jackson as Fury, Hasselhoff’s opinion on his famous successor was asked as well.

“It wasn’t Nick Fury,” was the Hoff’s response. “They take these shows and they make it the way they want to make it and unfortunately, they should have had Stan Lee on the set and let him kick into gear — whoever directed [‘The Avengers’] decided they wanted to go that way. But it’s their prerogative.”

Yes, it does seem that David Hasselhoff is unfamiliar with Joss Whedon as well. But that’s a digression for another day. Hasselhoff still had more to say about Jackson as Fury. “Samuel L. Jackson came in and he was a great Nick Fury, but he wasn’t really the consummate Nick Fury, the way he was written. And I think that’s a shame, because he’s a great character and a funny character.”

Would Hasselhoff like to put his “ultimate” spin on the role again? “I’m hoping to do it again sometime,” was David Hasselhoff’s response when asked about that.

Having trouble picturing Hasselhoff in the Fury role? Take a peek at the trailer for the “Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” It’s … entertaining.

Posted by:Laurel Brown