Q: Where is Lucas Black and what projects is he currently involved with?

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He's chosen to focus on a project with a longer term than even the most massive film or TV franchises (and he has experience with both). Former "NCIS: New Orleans" and Fast and the Furious series star Lucas Black has stepped back from acting to focus on his family.

In a full-cast interview video announcing his departure from "NCIS: NO," Black gave a sense of his reasoning: "The show has been so good to me over the years, exceeded my expectations and goals. But this job isn't easy for me. There's a lot of priorities that get sacrificed for me to be there, but it's time for me to focus on those priorities in my life."

While he didn't say the 'f' word explicitly, co-star C.C.H. Pounder ("Sons of Anarchy") did it for him.

"[Through] the growing of becoming a movie star and becoming a this and becoming a that, the most important thing is to be a family man," Pounder said. "And I think he's chosen that over all the other choices."

After he left the show in 2019, he had one more goodbye to say: to his character in the Fast and the Furious franchise. He reprised his role as Sean Boswell in 2021's "F9: The Fast Saga," his third foray in the sprawling series.

You can read all about Black's decision in his Twitter feed. After he finishes promoting "F9" post-release, all his tweets start dealing exclusively with domestic stuff like homeschooling and faith (he's a devout Christian).

"I'm happy for him," said "NCIS: New Orleans" co-star Daryl "Chill" Mitchell in the goodbye video. "You're talking about a kid who's been working since he was a child. [Black started acting at 11 in the 1994 drama "The War."] And I told him personally, 'Dude you deserve it.'"


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