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– by Seth McDonald

It’s hard to picture anyone besides Samuel L. Jackson playing Nick Fury. He has been a constant in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jackson’s casting as the character was set in place long before the MCU began. Creator of the Kingsman comic series, Mark Millar, revealed in an interview with Business Insider, that back in 2001, he and artist Bryan Hitch, redesigned Nick Fury to look like Jackson, without any permission.

“Sam is famously the coolest man alive, and both myself and artist Bryan Hitch just liberally used him without asking any kind of permission. You have to remember, this was 2001 when we were putting this together. The idea that this might become a movie seemed preposterous, as Marvel was just climbing out of bankruptcy at the time.”

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Jackson eventually found out about his likeness being used and was close to taking Marvel to court. Instead, he agreed to a deal that he would be offered the role of Nick Fury if the character was ever to appear in a film. While promoting Kingsman: The Secret Service (which Jackson also appeared in) Millar apologized to Jackson and asked if he was angry, to which Jackson replied, “F**k no, man! Thanks for the nine-picture deal!”

The deal has worked out wonderfully for both Jackson and Marvel.

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Source: Business Insider (via MovieWeb)