When "The Avengers" hits the big screen the spotlight might be on superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk but according to Robert Downey Jr., it's Samuel L. Jackson's character of Nick Fury who has the tough job in the film.
"Nick is really the one who has the heavy heart and the really tough job in the story of 'The Avengers' and I really think that he was under utilized in the first two 'Iron Man' movies," Downey Jr. told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent George Pennacchio at the film's world premiere in Los Angeles on April 11. "I think the audience has really been hungry for him to be more front and center and that's what they get."
Jackson admits he's been a fan of comic books "all my life" and said the movie is "an opportunity finally to see what Nick Fury does, find out who he is a bit more, find out how S.H.I.E.L.D. operates and what exactly is the Avengers initiative and what he's trying to do with it. "
"All these guys are...they're not just tough they're compassionate, sort of indestructible," he said of the superheroes that are front and center in the movie. "They have huge egos. They're individuals that need to be brought to a point that they can work together as a unit."
"The Avengers" features characters from the "Iron Man," "Thor," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Captain America" together. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow from "Iron Man 2" while Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark / Iron Man. Jeremy Renner plays Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury. The film also stars Colbie Smulders of "How I Met Your Mother" as Maria Hill, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Nick Fury.
Fury calls on the heroes to assemble as The Avengers to fight Tom Hiddleston's character Loki, a villain from "Thor" who wants to rule over the human race.
"Joss [Whedon, the film's writer and director] did a great job of writing that scenario and creating these guys as islands unto themselves," Jackson said. "Until they get to me and I find a way to convince them that there is a way we can work together and there is a reason that we should."
"Joss actually is really witty and I think that translates well into the motion picture," Downey Jr. added.
"The Avengers" hit theaters on May 4. Check out the trailer for the film below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).