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Characters: Lucky Number Slevin

Slevin Kelevra

Played by: Josh Hartnett

  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Basically why Slevin is caught doing the dirty work of two rival mobsters. It's either do as he's told or be killed. Actually, that was All According to Plan.
  • Best Served Cold: "Fuck you both."
  • Catch-22 Dilemma: Working for both bosses presents the problem of having the other side likely killing him for succeeding. Subverted in that Slevin is revealed to be playing them both against each other in order to avenge his parents.
  • The Everyman: Subverted as it's exactly what he wants others to see him as.
  • Flirting Under Fire: Slevin and Lindsey build up most of their romance in this manner. Despite the fact that Slevin is on the hit list of two warring gangs, he and Lindsey find time to flirt, go to dinner (where Slevin is able to shadow a man he has been told to kill), and spend a night together.
  • Laser-Guided Tykebomb: Raised from childhood by Goodkat to one day enact a brutal revenge on those who wronged him.
  • Meaningful Name: Slevin is the name of the horse race—Lucky Number Slevin. Kelevra means "bad dog", referencing his relationship to Goodkat, as well as Brikowski.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner:
    "You destroyed everything I ever loved. Fuck you both."
  • Revenge: His real motivation.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Murders both The Rabbi and Boss's sons for this exact reason. Their deaths are simply a means to an end in the long run.
  • The Scapegoat: Both the Rabbi and the Boss are quite happy to use him as one to get to the other. Slevin is not only fully aware of this he's counting on it.
  • Shirtless Scene: Spends a good portion of screen time in nothing but a towel.
  • Trauma Conga Line: He informs Lindsey about how he came to be in his current predicament. He lost his job, comes home to find his girlfriend cheating on him and then gets mugged. Then a bunch of gangsters show up, mistake him for someone who owes them a lot of money and it gets worse from there. It turns out the whole "bad day" story was a fabrication and he deliberately engineered the case of mistaken identity as well.
  • Walking Spoiler: If you read anything tagged as spoiler you might have spoiled The Reveal.

Goodkat

Played by: Bruce Willis

  • Ask a Stupid Question...: "How'd you find out?"
    Goodkat: "I'm a world-class assassin, fuckhead. How'd you think I found out?"
  • Badass Moustache: Seen in flashbacks from when he was younger.
  • The Chessmaster: Being a world-class assassin, he has to plan everything meticuously. Slevin got it from him.

Lindsey

Played by: Lucy Liu

  • Accidental Pervert: Though not so much on her attempt to recreate the event a second time. According to some sources, Lucy Liu actually did get a good look at Josh Hartnett during that scene...
  • Flirting Under Fire: With Slevin.

The Boss

Played by: Morgan Freeman

  • Appropriated Appellation: It's actually the reason he and the rabbi stopped working together. You can't have two guys called The Boss, and he was the one everyone assumed to be the boss.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Slevin kills his son and then suffocates him exactly the same way The Boss did to his father.
  • Meaningful Name: Why do they call him "The Boss"? Because he's the boss.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's eventually revealed to be Anthony in his final conversation with Shlomo (The Rabbi).
  • Revenge: The plot is kicked off due him wanting to get his upon the Rabbi.
  • Smug Snake: He thinks he is "the cat" and Slevin is "the mouse", but when all is said and done, he is no match for Slevin.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Plays right into Slevin and Goodkat's scheme.
  • Villainous Breakdown: As he is about to die, the Boss becomes erratic and screams a lot.

The Rabbi

Played by: Ben Kingsley

  • Affably Evil: He actually sounds pretty friendly when he talks to Slevin, threats to his life apart.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Slevin kills his son and then suffocates him exactly the same way The Rabbi did to his father.
  • Meaningful Name: Why do they call him "The Rabbi"? Because he's a rabbi.
  • No Honor Among Thieves: Tried to murder his former criminal partner the Boss. Why? Only one person can be the boss. Since Anthony was called The Boss most assumed he was the one ultimately calling the shots. That didn't sit well with The Rabbi. So he felt he had to remove the "confusion" over who was running the show.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's eventually revealed to be Shlomo in his last conversation with Anthony (The Boss).
  • Religious Bruiser: A scene is dedicated to him elaborating on this concept.
  • Rules Lawyer: He takes on a pretty liberal interpretation of rabbi culture to justify his gangster life.
  • Sawed-Off Shotgun: The Rabbi's weapon of choice.
  • Tranquil Fury: When he threatens to kill the Boss, he says it very calmly.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Like his rival the Boss.
  • Wicked Cultured: He discusses films with Slevin.

Yitzchok The Fairy

  • Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: The Rabbi hires two Badass Israeli bodyguards to protect his son from assassination.
  • Meaningful Name: Why do they call him "The Fairy?" Because he's homosexual.
  • Revenge by Proxy: The Boss wants him dead in order to hurt The Rabbi and avenge his son. Though it turns out this is actually Slevin's real reason for killing him too.
  • Straight Gay: Despite the name, he's not Camp Gay.

Detective Bad Dog Brikowski

Played by: Stanley Tucci

  • The Gambling Addict: The Boss's bookie used to be his bookie. Brikowski even says he basically handed over his paychecks to him.
  • Jerkass: Not a very likable guy when first introduced and by the end is even less sympathetic.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Invoked by Slevin, who makes sure he knows exactly why he's about to die before killing him.
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: Its implied that it was so bad he killed Slevin's mother to wipe his debts clean.


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