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Michael Rapaport on 'Justified': Good Bad Guy or Bad Bad Guy?

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Feb 25, 2014 | 4:00pm EST

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Michael Rapaport plays the newest lead villain on Justified, but is he a worthy character? The bad guys are definitely foul on this show as they don't hesitate to undercut even fellow outlaws. In the past, Justified has featured Mags Bennet (Margo Martindale), Robert Quarles (Neal McDonough), Ellstin Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) and others to play prominent baddies for entire seasons, each with certain advantages in the world of crime. So what does Rapaport's Darryl Crowe, Jr. bring to the underworld table?

Crowe is a complex character in that he has numerous advantages and disadvantages. Rapaport casts a shadow on most people with his 6-foot-4 stature and broad shoulders. That physically imposing frame definitely works to his advantage. Crowe has a lot of confidence and leads his family, who are just a bunch of outcasts without him. He thinks big (perfect for heists and nasty schemes), but doesn't always think smart.

And that is Crowe's biggest fault. The Crowe family has been around Justified for quite a while and they have never been a smart bunch. Rapaport's character is no dummy, but he's definitely not a mastermind. Crowe doesn't mind hard work to make money, but unlike previous Justified villains, he doesn't have enough financial capital to do anything. So where does that leave him?

Rapaport plays an acceptable bad guy. He definitely portrays a criminal in convincing fashion. But a choice has to be made. Is he a good bad guy or a bad bad guy? Unfortunately, Crowe is too limited to be a good, standout bad guy. He's nothing but a henchman with potential to lead. Crowe isn't in the company of Mags, Ellstin or the fierce Quarles. Rapaport's Crowe is a bad bad guy, however, he is somebody you want on your side when it's time to commit a crime.

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