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Speaking with press Monday to promote his appearance in Rodrigo Garcia's maternity drama Mother and Child, Samuel L. Jackson entertained a slew of questions about -- what else? -- Nick Fury and his future in the slate of Marvel superhero pics heading our way in the next few years. And by "entertained," I mean Jackson seemed to entertain himself by dropping a few choice quotes for the hungering fan boy masses to consume.
The tease began as Jackson revealed he'd already seen a cut of Iron Man 2. So what did he think of Nick Fury's appearance in the new sequel after showing up only briefly at the end of Iron Man? "I'll tell you at the junket," he told journalists.
The jovial Jackson did reveal that, while his character Nick Fury does not appear at all in Thor, he's "supposed to do Captain America this summer in London." And since I can't do justice to the wonderfully entertaining-even-when-he's-messing-with-you delivery, I'll relay the rest of the Q&A in his own words which also touched on Jackson's involvement with a rumored remake of The Last Dragon:
Why do you think you're not in Thor? That's kind of weird.
Samuel L. Jackson: I have no idea. I'm not in charge of making those kinds of decisions. I thought I was; they said I was in the trades, and I was like, "Ooh! I got a job!" I called my agent he said, "Naw, you're not in it." I was like, "Well sh**, they need to pay me if they're gonna put my name in it."
Did you read the Avengers script before [now, as] it looks like they're going to re-write it?
Jackson: No. Have you? You know you have a source online.
Do you have any sort of desire to campaign to get Nick Fury his own starring vehicle sooner rather than after all of these other Marvel movies [in which he appears in small roles]?
Jackson: The Avengers is my own starring vehicle for that character, pretty much.
But that's so far away!
Jackson: It's not that far away. It's February! That too far away for you? You can't wait until next year? I've got time to get in shape and everything.
I see you're also attached to a remake of The Last Dragon.
Jackson: You might have seen that somewhere.
Are you doing that?
Jackson: Not yet. People attach your names to a lot of things. Whatever you end up doing, or you might do. Right now we don't have a script.
That could be a good one though. Would you be playing Sho'nuff?
Jackson: (Joking) No, I'd be Bruce Leroy. Why would I be Sho'nuff? Gonna typecast [me]? Ah, I guess that's what everybody's thinking. I don't know.
Mother and Child hits theaters in limited release May 7, which will make for an interesting opening weekend double feature with Jackson's other little art film, Iron Man 2. And for an added fan boy boost, the Rodrigo Garcia drama features not one, not two, but three Star Wars prequel stars: Sam Jackson (Mace Windu), Jimmy Smits (Sen. Bail Organa), and Ahmed Best (yes, Jar Jar Binks himself) who plays the son of Jackson's character.
Meanwhile, tell us how you think Nick Fury might make his way into Captain America and what you think of Jackson's reported commitment to appear in (almost) every Marvel pic from now until the end of time...