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This story first appeared in the Sept. In , a something actor on the precipice of superstardom began prepping for a lead feature role that required ample spotlight on his abs. The actor met with the film's trainer and outlined the performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone HGH , he already had been taking. The trainer, a firm believer that a chiseled physique should be achieved naturally, recused himself from working with the actor.
I told him to find another trainer. That actor, now an A-lister who continues to cash in on his impressive torso, is just one of Hollywood's growing list of stars who turn to injectable HGH and other performance-enhancing drugs PEDs amid the ever-competitive world of looking great at any age. Buff Bods Over Some people, especially the older ones, are looking for that perfect gym body, and they want a shortcut.
As Hollywood struggles to groom a new generation of box-office draws, the plus male star remains at the top of studio wish lists and is expected to doff his shirt like he did a decade or two ago. In fact, the shirtless shot has become de rigueur for tentpole campaigns.
The trouble is that six-pack abs are difficult to maintain after the age of 40, "unless you are extremely genetically gifted," notes Hill, who points to the well-showcased frame of one something leading man in a recent studio film as not plausible without a cycle or two of steroids.
Though doping might be relatively new to Hollywood, the sports world long has grappled with the phenomenon. In the past decade, revered athletes from track-and-field star Marion Jones to cyclist Lance Armstrong have seen their marketing prowess plummet after being tied to banned substances. It comes as no surprise that few in the Hollywood spotlight admit to imbibing for fear of stigmatization. Charlie Sheen told Sports Illustrated that he took steroids to prep for his role as a pitcher in 's Major League.
Best Movie Beach Bods. As actors are becoming increasingly buff for their roles, more and more are fielding questions about PED use during junkets.
USC professor and steroid expert Todd Schroeder says the human body can indeed accomplish some phenomenal results naturally, particularly in one's 20s, when natural testosterone production peaks. But for older actors, especially when they nab a role and are expected to get a ripped body quickly, the temptation to use may be too great. PED use is legal with a prescription in the U.
However, physicians frequently are prosecuted for prescribing them for anti-aging or bodybuilding. Still, it's easy enough to find a conduit, particularly through trainers who inhabit the sketchier side of muscle-building. Both steroids and HGH injections are easily self-administered. With HGH, a bio-engineered substance, the user pinches a layer of skin and fat -- ideally above the navel or on the inner thigh -- and inserts a small needle into the skin fold.
Some PEDs are taken once a week, others require a daily shot, often split into a morning and evening routine. Those who opt for the needle run the risk of being publicly outed.
Tyler Perry and 50 Cent were among a group of celebrities whose names surfaced in connection with a steroid investigation in New York in The Albany Times Union reported that Perry and 50 Cent allegedly ordered performance-enhancing drugs from doctors and pharmacists who were targeted in a statewide probe.
Several talent agents and managers interviewed for this piece chuckle at how steroid and HGH use is the new worst-kept secret in showbiz, the "no duh" cousin of Botox and Restylane, and point to scrawny actors who quickly morphed into he-men for roles. Studios largely have turned a blind eye to the practice, they contend. In fact, studios might be part of the problem, with their tight schedules and Herculean expectations. An actor typically trains for just one to two months before tackling a body-intensive role, a far cry from the regimen of the professional athletes whose bodies they mirror.
Buckley get natural results. Unfortunately, for those who take drugs, it's a short-term improvement followed by a crash.
Their bodies and hormonal chemistry go to hell. That contention is backed up by decades of medical research. Steroid use, especially over the long-term, can lead to liver damage. HGH use is considered less dangerous, with the common side effect being water retention, though it also has been shown to increase the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart failure. But perhaps the most troubling byproduct of all PEDs is psychological addiction.
Without a proper guide, it can be dangerous. And again, it takes a lot of hard work regardless. Yudin's take reflects that of the bodybuilding community, which is more laissez-faire about PED use and doesn't test for such substances in competition.
Schwarzenegger became a user when he was earning such titles as Mr. Olympia, which helped launch his movie career. Even Schroeder sees little harm in one-time use of steroids to bulk up for a specific role. Personal health risks aside, there remains a concern among people who track steroid use that Hollywood -- like the sports world -- is increasingly fostering unrealistic body images thanks to the more-ripped-than-ever tentpole star.
Those depictions are digested by teens, who, Schroeder says, are more vulnerable to the side effects of PEDs than adults. A study conducted by the University of Minnesota found that teens are using steroids and muscle-enhancing substances at higher rates than previously thought. Nearly 6 percent of boys in the survey reported using steroids, while the rate among girls was 4. At least one studio made a conscious effort to keep its leading man squeaky clean. Before Cavill began his grueling five-month preproduction training for Steel , Warner Bros.
Twight gladly complied, given that he believes radical body recomposition can be done naturally when it is guided by experienced trainers and driven by discipline and commitment. For Cavill, Twight recommended only Udo's Oil a blend of essential fatty acids and magnesium to aid sleep, the time when growth hormone occurs naturally. Illustration by Lincoln Agnew.