Samuel L. Jackson On His Marvel Contract; Dominic Cooper Wants A Scene with Robert Downey Jr.
Would Samuel L. Jackson be game for extending his Marvel contract after the nine-picture deal lets up? The Nick Fury actor answers, while he and his Reasonable Doubt co-star want more Howard Stark
Samuel L. Jackson's and Dominic Cooper's characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - Nick Fury and Howard Stark - had an off-screen correlation separated by different time periods, but conjoined by S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. This and their admiration of each other's work is why the actors were happy to finally work together in Reasonable Doubt, a crime thriller that released last week. While discussing the film with Fandango, the pair also talked about their Marvel ventures. “It's your gene pool, man – you're Robert Downey's gene pool!” Jackson told Cooper, laughing, suggesting that the English actor should play Howard Stark in more movies. “Without you, there'd be no Downey.” He's likely not in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
“You can't really think too much about – because of so many years and so many fans, you're answering to quite a lot of people's idea of who they expect that person to be,” Cooper said. “Hopefully, they'll work out a way to bring Stark back in somewhere. I don't know how because it was set in the past, but he's a really fun character to play. It's great. He's an old-fashioned playboy.” Cooper also hopes Marvel will develop a story that would allow him to play a scene with Robert Downey Jr. “There's some fun to be had with Howard Stark, there really is.”
Furthermore, Samuel L. Jackson told Fandango that he doesn't know what's in store for Nick Fury after The Avengers: Age of Ultron. “Nope, none whatsoever,” he says happily. “I just know that the Marvel Universe is there, that there are things going on, and that I have three pictures left on my nine-picture deal. That's all I know. I've done six of them, and I'm about to do seven, so I'm running out of Marvel pictures – unless they extend my contract.” Would he be up for nine more films? “Hell, yeah! Why wouldn't I?” he says, as long as the deal is right. What do you think?
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy — the Winter Soldier. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernández with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is directed by the team of Anthony & Joe Russo from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch, production designer Peter Wenham, editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release on April 4, 2014.
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