Worst movies: Revolver (2005), Wild Hogs (2007), Hero Wanted (2008), In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (2008), Powder Blue (2009), Son of No One (2011), Street Kings: Motor City (2011)
Proof that he deserves better: Goodfellas (1990), Cop Land (1997), Narc (2002), Identity (2003), Killing Them Softly (2012)
The few people who caught Killing Them Softly in theaters this past weekend can attest to the fact that Ray Liotta is definitely one of the most typecast actors of all time. A director has a project about mobster types and various other tough guys surrounded by double-crosses, crooked cops, and botched drug deals? Quick, give Ray Liotta a call! Any opportunity the award-winning actor has to remind people that he once starred in Martin Scorsese's masterwork Goodfellas is one Liotta can't pass up.
That Henry Hill gangster movie, while inarguably classic, tends to distract folks from Liotta's other memorable performances: the psychotic copper in Unlawful Entry and the hard-nosed detective in Joe Carnahan's slept-on Narc. What overshadows the actor's best work even more than Goodfellas, however, is his infuriating desire to endlessly regurgitate past characters in movies that are way beneath his talents (Hero Wanted, Street Kings: Motor City, Son of No One).
It's only a matter of time until 50 Cent gets tired of downgrading the acting reps of Robert De Niro and Val Kilmer and switches over to Liotta.