Sam Jackson Not Playing Nick Fury? Say It Ain’t So, Marvel!

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It looks like Marvel Studios is having something of a tiff with yet another one of their stars over moolah. This time it’s Samuel L. Jackson, who played Nick Fury at the end of “Iron Man”, and has been promised to the fanboys (much to their pants-pissing glee) as a major castmember in three upcoming Marvel movies: “Iron Man 2″, “The First Avenger: Captain America”, and of course, the biggest movie of 2011 without a doubt, “The Avengers”. So what’s the diddly yo on the man’s money? Apparently Marvel is tightening the purses. Either that, or they’re really, really bad at using the public as a negotiation tool. Jackson doesn’t seem to have that problem.

Says the baddest mofo of them all on the situation of his contract negotiation to the LA Times:

“I saw ['Iron Man' and 'Iron Man 2' director] Jon Favreau at the Scream Awards and we had a conversation. He said, ‘I hope things are working out for you because we’re writing stuff for you.’ Then all of a sudden last week I talked to my agents and manager and things aren’t really working that well.

There was a huge kind of negotiation that broke down. I don’t know. Maybe I won’t be Nick Fury. Maybe somebody else will be Nick Fury or maybe Nick Fury won’t be in it. There seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world so [they're saying to me], ‘We’re not making that deal.'”

Oh Marvel, what are you doing? First you dump Terrence Howard because you didn’t want to pay him his money (okay, so you swapped him with Don Cheadle, which I guess ain’t so bad), then you almost lost Jon Favreau by not wanting to pay him his money, and now you may lose Samuel L. Jackson because you may not want to pay him his money? Who is running this company, Scrooge McNumbnutshead? Seriously, guys, whatever you’re going to end up paying Jackson to play Nick Fury in not one, not two, but three of your movies, it’ll be worth it. The guy brings that much fan cred to the films, especially genre fare like these.

Then again, what Jackson is doing is obviously going to the fans to put the pressure on Marvel to pony up the dough. Jon Favreau did it brilliantly when he was in his own negotiation phase with Marvel, and maybe that little “talk” Favreau had with Jackson at the Scream Awards involved more than just, “Hey, Sam, what up, dude” chatter? One hopes, cause not having Jackson in the Marvel movies would just suck. David Hasselfhoff level suck.

Meanwhile, in totally unimportant news, Paul Bettany will be reprising his voice as Jarvis in “Iron Man 2″.

Below: Upon hearing news that Jackson may be out as Fury, The Hoff commented, “I still have the eye patch! Call me!”

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  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    Pay him, Marvel, Paramount, or whoever the hell writes the checks. Pay him and get it over with.

    • zack

      who need sam jackson he sucks anywayz… swap him with dennis quaid or harrison ford…and make john cena or randy couture captain america!

      • GL

        Hey Zack
        Wrestlers have no business being in Comic Movies you need real actors.
        Just because wrestlers are equal in size to most comic characters dosen’t mean they’re perfect for the role most of them them are horrible actors triple h, john sena and the list goes on.
        They would be better of casting a real actor and putting the lbs and muscle on them and teaching them how to fight.
        It worked in the Matrix, 300, Spiderman , Batman Begins, Dark Knight and so on.

      • ray

        man you don’t know what is an artist caus jackson is just brilliant

      • ray

        man you don’t know what is an artist caus jackson is just brilliant

    • weirdlife

      Drop him Fury is sapoused t5o be White i’m not racist but the the black Furry isn’t from the actual marvel world keep it original

      • ray

        well i in case you don’t know he has been black to so as iron man
        was black too

      • ray

        well i in case you don’t know he has been black to so as iron man
        was black too

        • Funrob

          Iron Man wasn’t black, war machine was black. Tony Stark Was always white. Nick Fury is black in the ultimate marvel timeline. Otherwise nick fury is white.

        • Funrob

          Iron Man wasn’t black, war machine was black. Tony Stark Was always white. Nick Fury is black in the ultimate marvel timeline. Otherwise nick fury is white.

        • Funrob

          Race matters. I can’t wake up and be black one day. Naturally I would assume that should apply to comic book characters as well. Imagine the outrage that would start if Black Panther was played by Gerard Butler. Though in this instance Sam Jackson is the best choice for Fury. They pretty much used his likeness in the Ultimates comics and he is way better than the hoff reprising his role.

        • Funrob

          Race matters. I can’t wake up and be black one day. Naturally I would assume that should apply to comic book characters as well. Imagine the outrage that would start if Black Panther was played by Gerard Butler. Though in this instance Sam Jackson is the best choice for Fury. They pretty much used his likeness in the Ultimates comics and he is way better than the hoff reprising his role.

    • weirdlife

      Drop him Fury is sapoused t5o be White i’m not racist but the the black Furry isn’t from the actual marvel world keep it original

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow Brad L. Wooldridge

    Pay him, Marvel, Paramount, or whoever the hell writes the checks. Pay him and get it over with.

    • zack

      who need sam jackson he sucks anywayz… swap him with dennis quaid or harrison ford…and make john cena or randy couture captain america!

      • GL

        Hey Zack
        Wrestlers have no business being in Comic Movies you need real actors.
        Just because wrestlers are equal in size to most comic characters dosen’t mean they’re perfect for the role most of them them are horrible actors triple h, john sena and the list goes on.
        They would be better of casting a real actor and putting the lbs and muscle on them and teaching them how to fight.
        It worked in the Matrix, 300, Spiderman , Batman Begins, Dark Knight and so on.

      • ray

        man you don’t know what is an artist caus jackson is just brilliant

    • weirdlife

      Drop him Fury is sapoused t5o be White i’m not racist but the the black Furry isn’t from the actual marvel world keep it original

      • ray

        well i in case you don’t know he has been black to so as iron man
        was black too

        • Funrob

          Iron Man wasn’t black, war machine was black. Tony Stark Was always white. Nick Fury is black in the ultimate marvel timeline. Otherwise nick fury is white.

        • Funrob

          Race matters. I can’t wake up and be black one day. Naturally I would assume that should apply to comic book characters as well. Imagine the outrage that would start if Black Panther was played by Gerard Butler. Though in this instance Sam Jackson is the best choice for Fury. They pretty much used his likeness in the Ultimates comics and he is way better than the hoff reprising his role.

  • iron man 2099

    If Jackson is out they can swap him(Hope he’s not) with Harrison Ford. Picture Nick Fury saying “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”. Jackson deserves a LOT more than an after the credits cameo though.

  • iron man 2099

    If Jackson is out they can swap him(Hope he’s not) with Harrison Ford. Picture Nick Fury saying “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”. Jackson deserves a LOT more than an after the credits cameo though.

  • daswook

    I have been a comic reader all of my life and I truly believe that if Sam L Jackson is not in thier movies …SO WHAT?For over 60 years Nick Fury was white.If David Hasselhoff didn’t do such a horrible job portraying Nick I don’t think there would be such an uproar over Sam.Harrison Ford as Nick Fury would be awesome but he’d want(and deserve)an even bigger paycheck!I personally would like to see Stallone play Nick Fury as he is as rugged as Nick and probably just as old.Don’t get me wrong,Sam L Jackson is a fantastic actor but He ain’t no Nicholas Jacob Fury!

  • daswook

    I have been a comic reader all of my life and I truly believe that if Sam L Jackson is not in thier movies …SO WHAT?For over 60 years Nick Fury was white.If David Hasselhoff didn’t do such a horrible job portraying Nick I don’t think there would be such an uproar over Sam.Harrison Ford as Nick Fury would be awesome but he’d want(and deserve)an even bigger paycheck!I personally would like to see Stallone play Nick Fury as he is as rugged as Nick and probably just as old.Don’t get me wrong,Sam L Jackson is a fantastic actor but He ain’t no Nicholas Jacob Fury!

  • speedy55

    yo forreal….. i say pay Jackson….. if u dont then not a lot of people will want to see it because of the character change…. i know i wont. the people that saw it will tell the people that didnt and soon the movie wont make any money. look at it this way….. he looks just like Fury. im telling you people to pay the stars….. yes i said stars. im talking about terrence howard, samuel l. jackson, and any other stars you have planned for your movies….. c’mon man/girl or whoever runs it. you are going to make “The Avengers” soon. you cant mke a movie as good as that with a shity cast. i want you to get the biggest cast you can….. but make sure that the cast members fit. if you do that then i will buy at least 7 tickets just for myself.

  • speedy55

    yo forreal….. i say pay Jackson….. if u dont then not a lot of people will want to see it because of the character change…. i know i wont. the people that saw it will tell the people that didnt and soon the movie wont make any money. look at it this way….. he looks just like Fury. im telling you people to pay the stars….. yes i said stars. im talking about terrence howard, samuel l. jackson, and any other stars you have planned for your movies….. c’mon man/girl or whoever runs it. you are going to make “The Avengers” soon. you cant mke a movie as good as that with a shity cast. i want you to get the biggest cast you can….. but make sure that the cast members fit. if you do that then i will buy at least 7 tickets just for myself.

  • freefall

    well just one thing comics have been declining in sales for years the fanbase is getting smaller then it ever was given there are still us comic junkies out there. movies are todays comic books give the readers and fans what they want. marvel should keep there ear to the ground personally i wasnt so keen on the spiderman castings at first but the actors proved themselves but i love samuel and i love harrison but if they want a great movie and money the issue the reality is you spend money to make money and both would be great for the role but for that level of fan base and that level of acting skill they will have to pay for it( personally i think the cheadle move was a bad one but i hope he surprises me, now what id personally love is a new xmen film with michael clark duncan clad as apocalypse, i could see it and i would love it but im not sure how it would hash into events of other movies

  • freefall

    well just one thing comics have been declining in sales for years the fanbase is getting smaller then it ever was given there are still us comic junkies out there. movies are todays comic books give the readers and fans what they want. marvel should keep there ear to the ground personally i wasnt so keen on the spiderman castings at first but the actors proved themselves but i love samuel and i love harrison but if they want a great movie and money the issue the reality is you spend money to make money and both would be great for the role but for that level of fan base and that level of acting skill they will have to pay for it( personally i think the cheadle move was a bad one but i hope he surprises me, now what id personally love is a new xmen film with michael clark duncan clad as apocalypse, i could see it and i would love it but im not sure how it would hash into events of other movies