Hollywood actor Lucas Black, best known for his roles in “The Fast and The Furious” franchise and “NCIS: New Orleans,” took a break from mainstream entertainment roles three years ago, saying his last role in a new Pure Flix movie was an answer to prayer.
Black is the star of the new family film “Legacy Peak,” now streaming exclusively on Pure Flix.
In 2019, Black finished work on “NCIS: New Orleans” after 125 episodes when he made the decision to leave the series “to spend more time with family” and connect with his “Heavenly Father.”
“There would be a lot of days where I would go to work and they were still asleep, and I would come home and they were already in bed,” Black told The Christian Post. “The first three seasons… I would be “Working 70 hours a week. I’m fortunate throughout my career, I’ve recognized that those kinds of hours and the way the entertainment business is run, and a lot of temptations that come with it, can be really destructive to families’ lives and their relationship with others.
“It takes a lot of discipline, a lot of godly people around you to hold you accountable,” he added.
Those concerns were among the reasons Black decided to walk away and take some time off to “reflect and rest.” Shortly after, she was introduced to this new faith-filled film.
“We were praying about what the next step was going to be,” Black said of himself and his wife. “We saw a huge cultural shift here in America and for a long time, movies coming out of Hollywood and into entertainment undermined the role of fatherhood. ”
Her prayers were answered when she attended a homeschool convention and met Pastor Eric Ludy, who spoke with Black about the “Legacy Peak” script.
“I read it, my wife read it, and she comes to me with tears in her eyes and says, ‘I don’t know why you wouldn’t be a part of this project,'” he recalled, explaining why he wanted to take on the role. “It’s one that really shines a good light on fathers. It shows the need for a good earthly father. It shows how we can find our fulfillment and love from our Heavenly Father, and it really is one that’s going to empower the nuclear family, and especially parents.”
“Legacy Peak” is about a man named Jason who “wants nothing more than to have his girlfriend’s children like him. But when a perfectly planned trip to a mountain cabin falls apart, the resulting adventure could pull them apart or bring them closer than they ever imagined. Together they will discover how to trust again and what it means to be a family”, says the synopsis.
Black plays Jason and the rest of the cast includes: Todd Terry, Ina Barron, Kyleigh M. Bakker and Roman Engle.
“My character can use masculine traits to really protect the innocent, keep them and show transparency to connect with children in a special way,” Black told CP.
“[I’m] super blessed to be a part of this. It was an answered prayer, for me and my family, that something like this would come to us. God orchestrated the whole thing.”
However, Black did not always hold such strong Christian convictions. Although he grew up in a Christian home where he was taken to church every Sunday, he turned away from the Lord in his early 20s, when he tried to walk the Christian path on his own while working in the entertainment industry.
“I didn’t really have a strong spiritual family or godly men that I could do Bible study with, or make a living with that would really hold me accountable,” he said.
In early 2015, Black made an intention to read the Bible, saying he was “convicted by the Holy Spirit,” which helped him dedicate himself to God. He eventually got involved in a church and a men’s Bible study that held him accountable.
“That was really when my relationship with the Lord took a whole new level. All the chapters and books on the Holy Ghost really spoke to me,” Black testified. “He is our lawyer, he is our assistant. I can trust him.” in times of difficulty or when I feel lonely and travelling, the Lord is with us wherever we go”.
“I am grateful that he has always been with me. He never leaves or forsakes us, and his grace has been abundantly displayed in my life,” the “Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” star continued.
Movies like “Legacy Peak” that have faith and family messages are the kind of entertainment that Black encourages people to spend time watching. “There is an attack in our country right now on Christian values, on family values,” Black said. “So this is our way of fighting our culture.”
He added: “I think we really need to be focused and intentional about what we allow to be seen on our screens in our homes for our family. We really need to fight for our families and our children, so we need to be intentional about what is being broadcast through the TV screen, the computer screen, and the phone.”
“The more you see stuff like this, the more we can create content like this,” he said. “The message is going to be strong, it’s going to empower families and Christians and lift them up and lift them up. I just encourage them to go out there and see it because we’re fighting this battle together. We’ve got to stay strong in the faith and stay strong as Christians.” and fight for our families.”
To screen “Legacy Peak”, visit Pure Flix.
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