In most of his films, the audience tends to see Denzel Washington play an overall good guy with good intentions and a strong heart. When an actor is as talented as this man, however, he can play a villain and be just as lovable. In the 2007 crime drama American Gangster Denzel plays opposite Russell Crowe as a ruthless and sly drug kingpin being pursued by government in the 1970’s. Both Washington and Crowe deliver stellar performances in their own ways. Denzel plays the smoothest, calmest mad man ever and has the ability to go from calm to ferocious in a moment. Sometimes, being bad can be very good!