Sam Jackson as Nick Fury to Appear in Iron Man?!
As much as I know we should trust Moriarty over at Ain't It Cool News, we'll keep this as a rumor until it's officially confirmed. It's been Samuel Jackson's desire (you can read a quote from him below) to play the comic book character Nick Fury in a superhero movie, and now he's getting his wish. Ain't It Cool says that Jackson is shooting his scene as Nick Fury in the Iron Man movie with Robert Downey Jr right now, meaning he'll be in it, probably as some sort of cameo. They also go on to say, with speculation, that this introduction may lead to eventual inclusion in more movies like the Avengers movie that's been talked about. I believe it's true, it's just a consideration of how much or how big of an intro it will be.
Back in an interview last August with Sam Jackson over at ComicBookMovie.com, he stated that "Nick Fury would be great" to play in a film and that, "I've been reading Nick Fury since when I was a kid. I collect comics. I'm kind of geeky." Following that he mentioned a bit of a connection to Iron Man, and I guess if you put two and two together, it would seem kind of perfect for Avi Arad to introduce him via the Iron Man movie.
"I see [Marvel movie producer] Avi Arad a lot, because we live in the same neighborhood," Jackson said. "I express my interest in [working with him]. I always wanted to be Iron Man, because he was always like the rich dude who created this whole thing. He's not really kept as a superhero, he just creates stuff to make himself a superhero as a rich guy."
Nick Fury, from the Marvel universe, is a James Bond-like spy and the leading agent of the fictional espionage / spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Although he doesn't have any superpowers, he is highly trained in many fighting and tactical skills and takes a special medication called the Infinity Formula to prevent aging.
Interestingly there is also a Nick Fury movie in development over at Paramount, but what this means for that movie I'm not sure. Either way, this is even more good news for the Iron Man movie. I've got a feeling deep down inside that it may even be better than Transformers, which currently tops my own list this year as one of the best films.