Frankly, the politics of Trinidad & Tobago doesn’t get much coverage in the LA Times. So imagine my surprise when this little article from page eleventy-something in last Sunday’s LA Times caught my eye.
First, it surprised me because the US press in general, and the West Coast of it in particular, doesn’t give Caribbean politics much play. Second, the Abu Bakr coup attempt at the heart of this story took place 19 years ago … but coincidentally was a topic in this MoG-blog post just a few days ago.
Third – the real kicker – this allegation against the prime minister is remarkably similar to one of the planned MOG3 story subplots!
Is that a bad thing?
No … and yes.
It’s a good thing in that this real-world story validates the potential reality of scenarios and characters we’ll be presenting in the Men of Gray III story – which includes fictional political elites who are “on the take” – supporting criminal operatives.
But this news out of Trinidad & Tobago closely resembles some of the fabricated drama that G. and I concocted for MOG3 back in December of 2008. So closely that, when this movie finally is made and released, it will look to many as though we got certain storyline ideas from the real-world drama that will be the unfolding over the next few weeks or months: this investigation into Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s possible involvement with Yasin Abu Bakr.
So, for the record…
We crafted the storyline for Men of Gray III – The Midnight Robber long before the Patrick Manning allegations surfaced, and any similarities to his story are purely coincidental. Albeit mighty remarkable.