Lucas Black was recently a featured guest on the podcast, “Legacy Starts Today,” during which he opened up to host Lee Domingue about the strain he felt the series was putting on his family life. “All throughout my career there was a concern, because I would observe how the entertainment industry would destroy families … The way it’s run, you’re traveling, it’s a very fast pace, lots of long hours, especially in television,” Black said. He went on to describe how his schedule typically consisted of 70 hours per week, including late night shoots, which left little time to spend with his kids and wife.
Additionally, Black admitted he thought the show would be a shorter commitment and wasn’t expecting it to become a long-term acting gig. After 125 episodes, he felt it was his time to leave, so he could focus on his family. “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,” he explained.
The actor’s fans don’t need to worry, however, as Black is not giving up acting entirely. He’ll be seen in the next “Fast and the Furious” film, “F9,” which comes out in June.