David Hasselhoff is an international star, known the world over for his work on the television series Knight Rider and Baywatch, his music career, as well as America’s Got Talent and various other reality talent shows. But some fans aren’t aware that before Samuel L. Jackson assumed the role of Nick Fury, David Hasselhoff played the Marvel super-spy in a TV movie way back in 1998.

A Yahoo movies contributor recently got the opportunity to talk to Hasselhoff at the Cardiff Film and Comic Con, and they discussed Hoff’s opinion on Nick Fury and Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal of the character.

Though David Hasselhoff praised Jackson as “a great actor,” he did say that he wasn’t exactly pleased with how the character has been portrayed in the latest series of movies.

“You know, it wasn’t Nick Fury….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 him into gear – whoever directed [The Avengers] decided they wanted to go that way. But it’s their prerogative.”

He also admitted that he had wanted to return to the role for the new movie.

“I was hoping to have played him in the movie…and then 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….I’m hoping to do it again sometime.”

Now if you asked him who he thought was the best Nick Fury, Hasselhoff won’t be coy with his answer.

“I was the first Nick Fury. Stan Lee put me in that. He gave me the best line ever: ‘Guys like you tend to cling to the bowl no matter how many times you flush’. 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.”

It seems clear that David Hasselhoff really did enjoy portraying the super-spy on that occasion, and would love to wear the eye-patch again. However, since Jackson is still under contract for a few more movies, that seems like it’s not very likely we’ll be seeing Hasselhoff assume the role anytime soon.

What do you think about what David Hasselhoff has to say? Do you agree that he was a better Nick Fury? Would you like to see him return? Why don’t you tell us what you think in the comments below?

Source: Yahoo UK Movies