Exclusive: For Life star Nicholas Pinnock on major season 2 change

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Photo credit: Giovanni Rufino - Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Giovanni Rufino - Sony Pictures

For Life season 2 spoilers follow.

Former Counterpart star Nicholas Pinnock has opened up to Digital Spy about a crucial change in the show's second season.

The ABC and Sky legal drama is inspired by the real-life story of Isaac Wright Jr, a man who studied the law to help overturn convictions after he was wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit.

The second season, which aired earlier in the year in the US and is debuting next week in the UK, flips the script by freeing Pinnock's Aaron Wallace earlier than Wright was freed in real life.

Photo credit: Sony - Sky
Photo credit: Sony - Sky

Pinnock recently spoke to us about how he approached the storyline shift of Aaron "being a free man" in these upcoming episodes.

"Isaac Wright Jr was my research, really," he explained. "He was constantly available to me whenever I needed him. He was my main source of anything that I needed.

"Not only did he give me his points of view, and his knowledge, but I got to met some people through him who were able to help me understand and focus on things that were necessary, as well as what that feeling from being inside and then going on the outside was going to be like."

Although For Life diverts from its real-life inspiration in season 2, the writing team and cast were determined to keep Wright's life at the core of the stories ahead.

Photo credit: Sony - Sky
Photo credit: Sony - Sky

"That was the constant drive, really. Would I be able to honour the inspiration that Isaac gave us all to make the show and me be the focal point and the figurehead character for it?" Pinnock noted.

"I felt a big responsibility. It wasn't based on his life, so it wasn't a like-for-like. I didn't have to look like him, think like him, walk like him and all the stories weren't word-for-word. His stories that he told inspired creative license.

"At the thread of it was stuff that he had been through himself. Any small ounce of that, we felt was really, really important to honour and be aware of because Isaac was going to be watching."

Photo credit: Giovanni Rufino - Sony Pictures
Photo credit: Giovanni Rufino - Sony Pictures

The actor continued: "People Isaac knew were going to be watching. People Isaac was inside with were going to be watching, people Isaac represented were going to be watching. They were going to understand [the cases], the small nuances of those things.

"So, we couldn't do it wrong."

For Life season 2 will air in the UK on Sky Witness and NOW on September 27 at 9pm. Season 1 is available to catch up now on Sky On-Demand and NOW.

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