Inspired by true events, a 90-year old man becomes a drug mule for a Mexican cartel after his horticulture business fails.

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    The Mule (2018)
    Genre: crime

    Singularity Posted on May 19, 2019 in Examples.
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      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.

      Singularity Answered on May 20, 2019.
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