Samuel L. Jackson says he feels privileged to have played Nick Fury in Marvel superhero films. The 66-year-old actor recently told Collider that he is “grateful” to have landed the role.
“To be in that particular world, and to be a character that people believe, It’s great. I’m as grateful for being in that as I was being in 'Star Wars' with George [Lucas]. It’s all great. It’s hard not to be a part of something that you know, if people study film for the next 200 years, they’ll be talking about 'Star Wars' and 'The Avengers' series, and all that stuff,” he said.
Jackson also compared Fury to Mace Windu, the character he played in the “Star Wars” films. But although the BAFTA Award winner is fond of Fury, he will not reprise the role in “Captain America: Civil War,” as he confirmed in the interview. The reason for his nonappearance is unknown.
In the comics, Fury is portrayed as the leader of elite U.S. Army unit. He later becomes the leader of a fictional espionage agency called S.H.I.E.L.D. He takes special medication called "infinity formula" to halt his aging and is highly skilled in armed and unarmed combat. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee created the character for its first appearance in the comic, “Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos" No. 1. Jackson has played the character in “Iron Man,” “Captain America,” “The Avengers” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“I'm just kind of passing by there ... because it's another one of those 'people who have powers fighting people who have powers',” he told Yahoo about his role in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Jackson will next be seen in director Quentin Taratino’s “The Hateful Eight.” He'll star as Maj. Marquis Warren, aka "The Bounty Hunter.” It is set for fall 2015 release.