Worst movies: fear dot com (2002), Deuces Wild (2002), Cold Creek Manor (2003), Alone in the Dark (2005), Shadowboxer (2005), Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star (2011), Brake (2012)
Proof that he deserves better: I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), Blade (1998), Public Enemies (2009), Somewhere (2010)
Only 39-years-old, Stephen Dorff is already a 25-year Hollywood veteran, although that's not the most intriguing thing about him. Here's what is: Dorff's best years still seem to be ahead of him.
All it'll take for Dorff to finally capitalize on his always commanding screen presence is that one game-changing role, like Mickey Rourke's in The Wrestler. Sofia Coppola's art-house family drama Somewhere had that kind of potential but didn't attract enough mainstream attention. Now, it's merely existing proof that Dorff's natural charms—usually relegated to scene-stealing bit parts in effects-heavy genre pics (Blade, Immortals) and underwhelming movies (like Michael Mann's disappointing Public Enemies)—can carry an entire film.
He just needs to fall back from easy work like Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star and frequently remind himself that he should leave anything comparable to past bombs like fear dot com and Alone in the Dark to his boy Christian Slater.