Hugh Jackman Says He Never Used Steroids For Wolverine Role


Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman puts rumours to rest as he reveals that he’s never used steroids. People have been asking how the Marvel star pulls off having a fit body for his age. Some even say that he’s used steroids to keep his tip-top shape. But is there truth to this?

An interview from HBO’s Who’s Talking To Chris Wallace (via Variety) with Hugh Jackman clears up rumours about his fit physique.

Jackman has been playing the role of Wolverine since the age of 32 back in the first X-Men film. He’s now 54 and has played the role nine times. Not to mention that he’ll be back to play the role in Deadpool 3, which is scheduled to be released in 2024.

Back in September 2022, Joe Rogan, a celebrity podcaster and UFC expert commentator, accused Jackman of using steroids, stating:

I am 100% confident that guy did steroids, look at his body, Hugh Jackman got fucking jacked and he’s 40 years old. I’m sure he was on a wonderful diet, I am also sure without a shadow of a doubt he was manipulating his hormones. Is it possible to get that big without steroids? If you’re 20.

Rogan’s knowledge of mixed martial arts is the reason why it felt credible. I’m not sure if he’s the one who started the rumour but I’m sure his expertise in the matter accelerated it. He even fully supports the use of it.

Hugh Jackman Accused Of Using Steroids


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Joe Rogan himself admits to using steroids himself. He said in his own podcast:

I take testosterone replacement therapy, and I’ve been doing it for almost 10 years. What I do is take levels that are equal to what I had in my body naturally when I was 27—nothing extreme.

Some actors have admitted to using steroids before, like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne Johnson. Others are accused but have denied using them, like Mark Whalberg, Jason Momoa, Chris Pratt, and Zac Effron. Daniel Hopper posted a list on Medium a list of celebrities that could have used it, and yes, they included Hugh Jackman.

To answer that lingering rumour of using steroids, Jackman told Chris Wallace in a recent interview:

No, I love my job. And I love Wolverine. I got to be careful what I say here, but I had been told anecdotally what the side effects are of that. And I was like, ‘I don’t love it that much.’ So no, I just did it the old school way. And I tell you, I’ve eaten more chickens — I’m so sorry to all the vegans and vegetarians and to the chickens of the world. Literally the karma is not good for me. If the deity has anything related to chickens, I’m in trouble.

While using steroids for personal use is not illegal, it is banned to use them when you are into sports professionally. The side effects of steroids are serious.

Hugh Jackman Reveals He Never Used Steroids


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Steroids could have severe acne, stomach pain, heart attack, liver or kidney failure, fluid retention, high cholesterol and many more. Not only that, but there are also psychological effects too, like paranoia, mood swings and hallucinations. So, I understand why the Wolverine actor would say “I don’t love it that much.”

The pressure of being fit on certain projects can be incredibly daunting. But because of the side effects, using steroids is not recommended unless there is a professional physician who tells you otherwise.

I do understand why people have doubts about Hugh Jackman’s response. It’s been said that eating lots of “chicken and broccoli” and hours of exercise is the standard answer to getting a fit physique. Some are not buying it.

But Hugh Jackman has been physically fit on and off the screen. He hasn’t really drastically changed his body for film projects. I don’t think it’s impossible for Jackman to increase his muscle in preparation for Deadpool 3. He’s known about the project for years already. He didn’t rush to get his body ready for his return. And I can’t wait to see Hugh Jackman return as Wolverine shows up in his first MCU appearance.

Do you think Hugh Jackman used steroids to muscle up for his role as Wolverine? Do you think Jackman is telling the truth that chicken and a lot of vegetables are enough to keep him fit?


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