Sorry Samuel L. Jackson. David Hasselhoff got to Nick Fury first, and -- in his own humble opinion -- did him best.
"I was the first Nick Fury," he said, recalling his starring role in 1998's "Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D." "Stan Lee put me in that. He gave me the best line ever: 'Guys like you tend to cling to the bowl no matter how many times you flush.'"
The aging 80s icon even said Lee, the creator of many of Marvel's most recognizable characters, not only chose him for the role, but gave him some serious praise.
"Stan Lee came on the set and told me all about Nick," he added. "He said 'You're the ultimate Nick Fury'. He gave me the greatest compliment ever."
"It was a challenge," Hasselhoff said. "But it was also more fun than anything. I did a lot of research -- I read as much about Nick Fury as I could.
"Nick Fury is a real tough guy and he didn't have any special powers… A big word in my life is 'respect' and you know, might for right. He was a big throwback to the old World War II days, you know."
Knowing the character as intimately as he does, the Hoff just couldn't be impressed with Nick Fury's portrayal in the recent spate of Marvel blockbusters.
"You know, it wasn't Nick Fury," Hasselhoff said of Jackson's portrayal.
"They take these shows and they make it the way they want to make it and unfortunately, they should have had Stan Lee on the set and let him kick him into gear -- whoever directed [the Avengers] decided they wanted to go that way," he said. "But it's their prerogative. He's still a great actor.
"I was hoping to have played him in the movie, and then Samuel L. Jackson came in and he was a great Nick Fury but he wasn't really the consummate Nick Fury, the way he was written," Hasselhoff lamented. "And I think that's a shame because he's a great character and a funny character… I'm hoping to do it again sometime."
Unfortunately for Hasselhoff, Jackson has already signed on to keep wearing the eyepatch for a few more years, as Marvel cranks out not only "Avengers: Age of Ultron," but "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and even a standalone Nick Fury movie.