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02.26.09 15 Comments

Samuel L. Jackson has signed a nine-picture deal to play Nick Fury for Marvel.  That’s right, nine.  No one’s ever made more than two comic-book franchise movies in a row that were good, and only three in a row that had a consistent cast.

The actor, who just weeks ago was seemingly on the outs with the studio over reprising his role as Nick Fury, agent of spy outfit S.H.I.E.L.D., has signed an unprecedented nine-picture deal to play the character in a series of Marvel movies.
The movies include “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” “Captain America,” “The Avengers” and its sequels. Also on the table is the possibility of toplining a “S.H.I.E.L.D.” movie, which is in development. [THR]

Hmm, so far I only count four movies and a maybe.  Meanwhile, CHUD says the nine-picture deal has become a new contractual item Marvel pursues with its stars.  Now, I know actors are kinda dumb and all, but it’s hard to imagine how they could’ve made this sound like a good deal.  “Yes, well, see, instead of doing one or two movies for a relatively large amount, we’ll pay you much less per movie, BUT, you’ll be able to do much more work in order to get paid the same amount.  So it all evens out in the end.  Sound good?”  I also wonder if a deal like this would’ve made Sam Jackson’s acting in The Spirit less over the top.  “Yo, Sam, don’t burn yourself out, man, we got eight more of these to make.”  “I LIKE 8 OF EVERYTHING, MUTHAF-CKA!”  “Yo, are you still in character?  What’d I just say?”

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