Earlier today, prolific actor Samuel L. Jackson was at the Four Seasons to talk about his latest film, the small drama Mother and Child, which coincidentally hits theaters on the same day as his other feature Iron Man 2.
During the interview, talk quickly turned to his involvement with Marvel and his role as Nick Fury. He confirmed that he has seen Iron Man 2, he won’t appear in Thor, he will appear in The First Avenger: Captain America (which he will shoot in London this summer) and that The Avengers will shoot in February of 2011. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Question: What do you think about the popularity of films in 3-D? Is that something you’d like to work in?
Samuel: It’s kind of blurry when you take the glasses off. You know, if people make movies in 3-D and folks are willing to pay the extra money to go see that because they think it’s going to be special then great. I actually saw Iron Man 2 the other week, and I wondered why they didn’t make that in 3-D. I guess they wanted to make it more accessible to people. 3-D is what it is. It’s here. They’re going to remake a whole bunch of movies. From what I understand, they’re re-mastering some of the old stuff into 3-D and 3-D screens are booked up for the next three and a half to five years, and they’re trying to talk distributors into more 3-D screens. And then, 3-D TV is going to be here and people are going to buy glasses to watch at home. Give me a break!
Are you happy with Nick Fury’s role in Iron Man 2?
Samuel: I’ll tell you at the junket.
Are you disappointed about not being able to go to the junket in London, due to the volcano?
Samuel: Actually, I had a plan to go to London because I had two suits I needed to pick up. So, I was looking forward to picking up my suits and going to this West Indian restaurant that I really love. I’m bummed I won’t be there. But, I left Paris last Wednesday, just as the volcano was erupting. We were flying over it, as it was happening. It was like, “What is that?!” We got out just before they shut everything down, or I wouldn’t be here today.
You’ve talked about doing nine films as Nick Fury and that it would be a gradual road before you get a Nick Fury film. How has that journey been?
Samuel: I got started on it when I did the end of Iron Man 1. My foot was on the path. Now, my foot is a little deeper on the path ’cause we’ve got Iron Man 2. I’m not in Thor. I’m supposed to do Captain America this summer in London.
Why aren’t you in Thor?
Samuel: I have no idea. I’m not in charge of making those decisions. I thought I was. They said I was in the trades, and I was like, “Oh, I’ve got a job!” And then, I called my agent and she said, “Nah, you’re not in it. They misprinted.” I was like, “Well shit, they need to pay me just ’cause they put my name in it.”
Did you get to read The Avengers script before Joss Whedon is going to rewrite it?
Do you have any desire to campaign for your own Nick Fury film?
Samuel: The Avengers is my own starring vehicle for that character, pretty much.
But, isn’t that far away?
Samuel: That’s not that far away. It’s in February. It’s just February. I’ve got time to get in shape and everything.