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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Okay, weird.

Okay, I haven't bought my comics yet (finals, bleh), but this both elates and bewilders me.

On one hand, YAY! Nick Fury!

On the other...seriously, Dominic Purcell? Really?

I mean, I don't particularly have anything against the guy and could easily see him as the base design for some superhero or another, but as Nick Fury? Really?

It's not like Purcell's ever played a particularly Fury-esque character, as far as I know. And it's not like there's any sort of physical resemblance. I always thought Nick was thinner and older than the version based on Purcell. Did he overdose on the Infinity Formula and shave his head?

Maybe one of the LMDs had an identity crisis?

It's just such a weird nonsensical choice. Especially since the other depictions, i.e. the Secret Invasion cover, has Fury looking appropriately Fury-esque.

I mean, if they really want Purcell's face in a comic, why not draw him as Dracula? It'd at least tie in to that horrible movie. :-)


  • At April 24, 2008 4:26 AM, Blogger Brett said…

    Gotta agree with you on artists using real world celebrities as their muses. The only one that's even moderately working for me so far is the Tommy Lee Jones Norman Osborn in Thunderbolts. Thank God they didn't use Willem Defoe.

    This is gonna make me sound either really weird or really old (or both), but I always sort of thought Nick Fury resembled George Peppard's Hannibal on the A-Team. Yeah he's dead now, but there are plenty of pics of him left:
    Am I wrong (just put your thumb over one of his eyes and imagine some black hair dye mixed with that silver)

    Or maybe the guy from Terminator 1 if we have to go with the living

  • At April 24, 2008 4:34 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Huh, I can see Peppard, though I think he's a tad old even with imagined black dye. :-) I also, I admit, picture Nick a tad leaner.

    Biehn is...really good looking. Now I remember why I like that movie so. <3 He looks awfully young though. Then again, I've no idea what he looks like now. :-)

    Either choice definitely beats Purcell, IMO. :-)

  • At April 24, 2008 4:39 AM, Blogger Brett said…

    Yeah the right age is definitely a key factor. He's got to be old enough to be believable as having tons of experience and have achieved the rank of Colonel, but young enough to be able to double gun and pull karate moves with one eye. How about Harrison Ford? Could work with a patched eye and dye job. And we know he can still handle the action.

    Good luck with finals BTW, glad to see I'm not the only insomniac online right now :)

  • At April 24, 2008 4:43 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Heh, I'm picky. He's a bit TOO old I think. :-) Though true, he can do the action scenes.

    Actually, I was thinking Richard Dean Anderson could work. Though I might be crazy... I don't think he's THAT much younger than Ford, admittedly, but he has at least been in an action adventure series relatively recently too. And he does eccentric sarcasm better. :-P

    Really, I think I'd like someone late thirties/early forties though, since he wasn't THAT old when he got formula-ed, I'd reckon. :-)

    Also, good eye candy for me. :-)

  • At April 24, 2008 4:43 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Heh, I'm sooo behind on studying. Con Law will be the death of me. :-P

  • At April 24, 2008 4:51 AM, Blogger Brett said…

    MacGyver could definitely work. I didn't follow SG1 very much, but its definitely right on for the military aspect of the char. Roughly the right age too. I think if Con Law doesnt pan out for you we can start a new gig as Casting Directors. Lord knows there's gonna be enough comic book movies in the pipe for a lifetimes work in that field.

    Now get back to studying the difference between Procedural and Substantive Due Process ;) Honestly, that class is one of only a handful I look back on with nothing but fond memories. It really doesn't get better than Con Law... at least for a liberal arts guy like me. Again, good luck.

  • At April 24, 2008 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I thought a young George Peppard would make a good Alan Scott. I couldn't find a good picture that shows why, but the way he looked in Operation Crossbow seemed like a good fit to me. Here's the closest I could find...

    Okay, maybe it's just me.


  • At April 24, 2008 8:20 AM, OpenID thomwade said…

    It's actually spillover effect from Spidey and MJ's deal with Mephisto. Now Fury's a shaved head kind of guy.

  • At April 24, 2008 8:21 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Anon: I can see it, I think. Though my ideal Alan Scott's still Jamey Sheridan from back when he was Captain Deacon on Law and Order CI.

    Of course it didn't help that I saw one of the episodes where he had the eye patch right after Alan Scott got one. I kind of imprinted. :-P

    thomwade: Hah. Magic needs no explanation. :-) I'm just glad it grows back for Secret Invasion

  • At April 24, 2008 9:57 AM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    After the mind breakage of Marvel okaying a movie with David Hasselhoff it all stops to matter...

  • At April 24, 2008 2:12 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Have you actually SEEN the movie, Lurker?

    It's not, to be fair, as bad as all that. Hasselhoff's not particularly fantastic as actors go, but he certainly LOOKS the part.

    Seriously, look at Steranko's Fury and Hasselhoff in costume sometime.

    Besides, he was hardly the worst part or actor in the movie. :-)

  • At April 24, 2008 3:00 PM, Anonymous ETG said…

    In the scene in question, Fury's on the lam and in disguise, hence the shaved head. In later scenes he looks like his regular old self.

  • At April 24, 2008 3:54 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Ahhh, thank you. That does make more sense.

    I still don't think Purcell really looks like I think a bald Fury WOULD look like, but at least there is SOME explanation.

    EVENTUALLY I'll get my comics, damnit. :-)

  • At April 24, 2008 4:44 PM, Blogger Will Staples said…

    That guy... looks nothing like Nick Fury. David Hasselhoff looks like Nick Fury, but this guy, not so much.

    Anyway, I don't have a huge problem with artists basing characters' appearances on celebrities as long as it looks right. Case in point: Captain Marvel was drawn to look like Fred MacMurray and Superman was based on Cary Grant.

  • At April 24, 2008 7:37 PM, Blogger notintheface said…

    I think I read somewhere that when JMS and Chris Weston were designing the characters in THE TWELVE, that they envisioned Purcell as Rockman.

    Robert Knepper would have made a great Carnage.

  • At April 24, 2008 7:54 PM, Blogger Brett said…

    Oh man, I think I had successfully buried Hasselhoff as Fury in my subconscious until now. I mean, the extent to which he looked the part was due to the eye patch and hair style. That being said, a LOT of people could look like Nick Fury with the patch and hairdoo. I think thats part of the reason Dom's shaved head (which is also way too wide BTW) sort of kills the deal or me in the panel Kalerina linked to. But even with a Nick Fury wig I think he'd look weird in the part.

  • At April 25, 2008 3:33 AM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    I've seen about 20 minutes of the Hoff as Fury. And then the bad acting made me rapidly flip channels in the hope of bringing up "The Incredible Hulk" tv movie with Thor in it...

  • At April 25, 2008 4:32 AM, Blogger Brett said…

    Oh jeez, thats another I tried to bury the memory of. Where's Professor X with some psychic blocks when you really need him?

    That was the Hulk movie where they actually killed him off (in Hulk form) because he fell like 2500 ft TOPS from a helicopter right? Pfft. Nick Fury could've survived that fall with just creative use of his trench coat. I remember not having read much Hulk at that point, but getting into a heated debate with my friend's dad over whether or not that should have killed him.

  • At April 25, 2008 11:14 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Aw c'mon, that Nick Fury movie with Hasselhoff was HILARIOUS!

  • At April 29, 2008 3:07 AM, Anonymous KN said…

    I always associate Nick Fury with Tommy Lee Jones in The Fugitive, both in appearance and persona. No Country for Old Men Tommy Lee was a bit saggy, but Fugitive Tommy Lee was juuuust right.

    At that point, he was also way hotter than any upper-middle-aged white man has any right to be.


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