Celebrity Steroid Use

Gerard Butler had some help from CGI, and a needle in his ass!
I've had this conversation with a ton of people over the years. I get really sick of people ooohing and aaahing over male celebrities that magically get big for a movie role, usually out of nowhere. I'm sick of hearing about the "top secret workouts" that they did to get buff for their movie roles in 3 or 6 months. I'm also sick of people doing or revering the "300 Workout" because everyone in the movie was so jacked up. The 300 workout is obviously difficult and can pack on some muscle but that has very little to do with the bloated physiques in the movie 300. I'd say 40% was steroids, 40% was CGI enhancement, and 20% was the actual workouts and nutrition.

Want some other examples? How about Hugh Jackman going from lean with small amounts of muscle to enormously jacked in Xmen, especially in the Wolverine Origins movie. Christian Bale gained about 120 lbs for Batman in less than a year from his previous disheveled role in the Machinist.
Hugh Jackman Juice Much?
Back in Codename Swordfish when he was wimpy

Then there are the obvious cases such as Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler" and "The Expendables" although that isn't as clear cut because he at least had a long background as a gym rat and professional athlete. Look at Sylvester Stallone in his latest movies, bigger than ever over the age of 60 (he got caught in Australia with tons of HGH that's a fact). Arnold Schwarzenegger was looking pretty big for his role in Terminator 3 which was a little suspect, again maybe not definitive. He obviously used plenty of steroids throughout his bodybuilding career and part of his movie career. Vince McMahon looks absolutely enormous for his annual wrestling matches and photo shoots and he's about 65 right now. I'm pretty sure rapper 50 Cent got caught with steroids sometime after his infamous upside down situps and huge physique in his music videos. Also, what the hell happened to comedian Carrot Top that allowed him to gain 60 lbs of muscle over the years? Strange. What about skinny-ass Jake Gyllenhal turning into a beast for Prince of Persia? He used to be about 150 lbs of nothing.

OK maybe not steroids but still a funny transformation

Sometimes significant changes can be made naturally. Many actors have all the money in the world for the best personal trainers, nutritionists, personal chefs, massage therapists, doctors, etc to help them look their best in the shortest amount of time. On the other hand, miracles don't usually happen in 3-6 months or less.
Next time you see a new action movie come out and a normally-lean celebrity is looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger or a 60 year old looks bigger than he did when he was 30, be a little suspicious. Actors are usually not professional athletes and bodybuilders and often don't have a lot of time to get into their roles.

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