Samuel Jackson born to play the head honcho of S.H.I.E.L.D

Samuel Jackson born to play the head honcho of S.H.I.E.L.D
Cinema still: The Avengers, starring (from left) Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr and Samuel L Jackson.

Samuel L. Jackson has played some larger-than-life characters throughout his 40-year showbiz career, such as Mace Windu in the Star Wars movies and most recently as the iconic eye patch-wearing Nick Fury in The Avengers and Iron Man flicks.

Playing Fury is no doubt the biggest achievement for the 65-year-old US actor. After all, he was born to play the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., the peacekeepers of the modern world.

In the comic books, Fury was originally depicted as a cigar-smoking white man.

However, in 2002, the character underwent an extreme makeover to become an African-American, who was patterned after and bore the uncanny likeness of Jackson himself - even before he was cast in the role.

In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Fury finds himself facing an enemy who threatens his career, the world and everything he believes in.

He speaks of his character growth and working with Robert Redford, who plays Fury's boss Alexander Pierce.

On how his character has changed since the first Iron Man movie in 2008

Jackson: Nick Fury hasn't really evolved. He's always been that master manipulator. He's just this ordinary guy inside this spectacular world who seems to be able to make extraordinary men bend to his will.

You've seen who Nick Fury is but you don't know who he is. You see the relationship with his boss. You find out that Nick Fury actually admires someone.

You get bits and pieces of who he is, and, at the end of this film, he's heading to another place, the next phase.

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