Inspired by the true story of Isaac Wright Jr., ABC’s new series For Life is a fictionalized legal and family drama following the life of lawyer, prisoner, and father Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock).
Mirroring Wright’s story, Aaron becomes a lawyer while still incarcerated and starts defending his fellow inmates while also attempting to overturn his own life sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. Driven by a desire to rejoin his family and reclaim his life, the show will follow his many struggles and obstacles along the way.
One of those obstacles happens to be series executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (Power), who will play tough fellow inmate, Cassius. We caught up with the rapper, actor and producer on set late last year where he opened up about the compelling story behind the series. He also previewed what’s to come with his character and much more.
What should viewers know about Isaac Wright Jr.’s story ahead of tuning in?
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson: Well, I think people should know that he has come through extreme adversity. Just imagine what it would be like to be sentenced to 70 years plus life for something that you didn’t actually do? And a lot of people, it would break them before they were able to mentally pull themselves together to try and make an effort to help themselves out.
The percentage of people who win appeals, it’s maybe 4 percent. So for you to think that you’re going to actually get out on appeal after you have 70 years plus life, it’s a little crazy. Imagine the process after you see your loved ones and you communicate to them that you think you’ve found a way that you could actually help yourself, and they’re looking at you like, “OK, he might be going crazy.”