Ever heard the saying about truth being stranger than fiction? For Life encapsulates that saying by telling a story about a man sentenced to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. The new ABC series is inspired by the true story of Isaac Wright Junior – the innocent man who ended up spending years in prison.
In prison, Wright found a loophole in the system and based on his character, started coming up with unique ways to prove his innocence. In the series, Nicholas Pinnock, who plays the character of Wright, studies to become a lawyer – in the same way, that Wright studies to become a paralegal.
He uses his knowledge to help other prisoners with their cases, and in that way, he tries to find his own way out of prison.
Pinnock described his character as a self-assured man. He added, “He’s smart, he’s intelligent, he’s funny, He’s all these things wrapped up into one person, and a myriad of more things.”
Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, emphasizes the importance of the message, which of perseverance even when the odds are seemingly against you. Jackson who created and produced For Life was taken by Wright’s ability to believe in himself even when no one else around him supported his idea.
“You know, you got to think of what is it like to have your loved ones come and you look them in the eyes, and now you're discouraged because you see that they don't see a way out of the situation," Jackson said.
Although it was quite unbelievable for Wright to promote a show about his own journey, he could see the greater good that his story brought. “It’s allowing me to use it as an arm to inspire and provide hope for people,” Wright explained.
What started off as a legal consultation between Wright and Jackson, turned into a win-win situation for both men who are now executive producers of For Life.