Inspired by true events, a 90-year old man becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel after his horticulture business fails.
The movie was inspired by a New York Times story about a 90 year old horticulturist who got busted for transporting heroin for the Sinaloa cartel.
A 90-year old drug mule — that’s the story hook in every way. It’s what hooked the screenwriter into writing the script. It’s what hooked Clint Eastwood’s interest, got him attached to the project; it’s what attracted the money needed to finance the movie.. Which is why I chose to lead off with the hook, not the inciting incident.
About the inciting incident: In real life there was none. As the Times article points out, no one knows what particular combination of circumstances and events caused the man to become a drug mule. So the reel life of the film has a manufactured one: the bank forecloses on his flower business and home.