Morgan Freeman makes a great crime boss. Don’t believe us? Watch “Lucky Number Slevin” tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET. In the movie he delivers one of his pitch-perfect performances as The Boss who mistakes the unassuming Slevin (Josh Hartnett) for his the deeply indebted — and conveniently missing — friend Nick. Of course Freeman doesn’t believe his claims of innocence, because when Slevin tries to prove his identity it turns out his wallet was “stolen.” What wily crime boss would fall for that flimsy excuse? This series of events and the arrival of a notorious hit-man named Mr. Goodkat (Bruce Willis) forces Slevin to step up his game, find his friend and reclaim his identity before he’s forced to pay a debt that could cost him his life. It’s a delightfully labyrinthine murder mystery that is a must-see for fans of crime capers, Lucy Liu, or Morgan Freeman. And who isn’t a fan of Morgan Freeman? No one. The man is a blazingly brilliant actor who can make the most subtle acts dazzle. Take a peek at that picture up there and tell us you don’t know exactly what he’s saying with that look. Freeman is frequently understated in his performances, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a powerhouse. There’s nothing harder than delivering a look that says more than a thousand words ever could and that’s exactly what Freeman does in movie after movie. You know where this is going right? Yep, a list. While we were tempted to include his role as the Mad Scientist on “The Electric Company” on the list, we restrained ourselves. Does that mean we get cake?
Here are five of our favorite Morgan Freeman roles (so far):
1. Ellis Boyd ‘Red’ Redding in “The Shawshank Redemption”
2. Lucius Fox in “The Dark Knight”
We are also pretty excited for his role in “The Dark Knight Rises.”
3. Hoke Colburn in “Driving Miss Daisy”
4. Detective Lt. William Somerset in “Se7en”
Freeman’s portrayal of grizzled seen-it-all cops cannot be beat. We think he does it best here.
5. Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris in “Million Dollar Baby”
“Lucky Number Slevin” airs tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET; Tuesday, May. 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET and Wednesday, May. 30 at 12:15 a.m. ET