It looks like Harlan County will be getting some New York flavor. Michael Rapaport has been cast as a series regular on ‘Justified’ for the show’s fifth season, according to an exclusive from TVLine.
Rapaport had a role in the CBS comedy ‘The Millers,’ but his role was recast. Creator of the show, Greg Garcia, said Rapaport was a casualty of the role being underdeveloped.
Rapaport—known for his trademark thick New York accent and manner of speaking—will actually play a character with roots in Florida. He will play Dale Crowe Jr., the head of a white-trash crime family. He will be an ex-convict who now owns a gator farm. Dale’s manipulative side will show as he tries to protect his family.
It is a sure bet that Dale Crowe Jr. is related to the dopey Dewey Crowe, played wonderfully by Damon Herriman. Dewey once accidentally rambled about gator poaching while attempting to pose as Raylan Givens. This allowed Raylan to realize it was Dewey.
Different characters of the Crowe family (including both Dale Crowe Jr. and Dale Crowe Sr.) appear in various stories from Elmore Leonard. ‘Justified’ is adapted from the late writer’s short work, "Fire in the Hole," and borrows from other works featuring hero Raylan Givens.
Michael Rapaport is a busy actor who got a big break with a role in the 1993 Tony Scott and Quentin Tarantino crime-thriller, ‘True Romance.’ In television he had a core role in the school drama ‘Boston Public,’ and starred in the sitcom ‘The War at Home.’
Is Michael Rapaport a good choice for Dale Crowe Jr.?