By Mike Bruno
January 14, 2009 at 06:10 PM EST

Samuel L. Jackson told the L.A. Times yesterday that he may not play military man Nick Fury in Marvel Studio’s Iron Man 2, suggesting that negotiations broke down over money. “Maybe I won’t be Nick Fury. Maybe somebody else will be Nick Fury ormaybe Nick Fury won’t be in it,” Jackson is quoted as saying. “There seems to be an economic crisis inthe Marvel Comics world so [they’re saying to me], ‘We’re not makingthat deal.'” If Jackson isn’t cast, it will be the second big-name actor to exit the project; Terrence Howard was replaced by Don Cheadle late last year, a move also attributed, at least in part, to money. Howard has said publicly that Marvel failed to make good on his deal by letting him go, and those with intimate knowledge of the situation have told EW that it was a combination of a huge salary (Howard was the first actor signed to Iron Man and also the highest-paid) as well as the actor’s difficult behavior on the set. (Howard’s publicist says the actor had a “tremendous experience working on Iron Man.”)

As for Jackson, the Times report says a rep for Marvel would not comment on active negotiations — note the word “active” — so this is not a done deal just yet.

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