‘NCIS: New Orleans’: Why Christopher LaSalle Actor Lucas Black Chose to Leave the Series

by Samantha Whidden
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Following his unexpected departure from “NCIS: New Orleans” during the show’s sixth season, Lucas Black opens up about why he left the action-packed series. 

Express reports that during an interview with Lee Domingue on the “Legacy Starts Today” podcast, Lucas Black spoke about leaving “NCIS: New Orleans” due to personal life concerns. “All throughout my career, there was a concern,” Black explained. “Because I would observe how the entertainment industry would destroy families and destroy families. The way it’s run, you’re traveling. It’s a very fast pace. Lots of long hours, especially television.”

Lucas Black then stated that while long hours and dedication could be said for any other industry, he felt his time on the series became more demanding than his previous acting roles. He also revealed that he was working around 70 hours a week during the show’s first three seasons. Although he moved his family closer to shooting locations, Black felt he still didn’t get enough time with his wife and three children. Black played Christopher LaSalle for 125 episodes during the course of five and a half years before leaving the show. 

“It was time,” Lucas Black spoke about his departure. “It was time for me to leave. I felt like my job there was finished. You can’t keep going at that pace, and I think, have a healthy marriage. It’s not sustainable. It’s inevitable that something bad’s gonna happen if you stay working at that pace.”

After Leaving ‘NCIS: New Orleans,’ Lucas Black Returned to the ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise 

Upon leaving “NCIS: New Orleans,” Lucas Black began making YouTube videos on his fishing channel. He also made an appearance in the latest “Fast and Furious” film “F9.”

While speaking about joining the franchise for “Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift” in 2006, Lucas Black told Entertainment Weekly, “I read the script and was excited about it, and really intrigued that it was something different than the other two. They taught us how to drift two weeks before we started shooting. We would go to Irwindale Speedway, and we had the best teachers in the world, all the drift champions.”

Lucas Black also spoke about his stunt double, Rhys Millen, who was a drift champion back in the early 2000s. “So he taught me. It was like a dream come true, for a 25-year-old to be able to go out and learn how to drift, just burn the tires down to the tread and the highest octane fuel. I mean, it was like jet fuel we were putting in these cars. And then at the end of the week, I got a paycheck to do it! It was awesome.”

“Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift” follows Sean Boswell (Black) as he becomes a major competition in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo. 

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