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The Real Reason Hugh Jackman Never Took Steroids For Wolverine

“I don’t love [my job] that much.”

In a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience after the Liver-King steroid scandal, Rogan insinuated that most superhero celebrities juice to get jacked for their roles.

While several of the celebs that Rogan hinted may have used steroids have been silent (Chris Hemsworth and The Rock were both mentioned), one has raised a clawed hand to deny the rumors.

In an interview with Chris Wallace on HBO’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, Wolverine star Hugh Jackman said that he never used steroids to help him get in shape to play the famous mutant.

“Over the years people have wondered, did he juice?” Wallace asked Jackman. “Did he take steroids?”

“No, I love my job. And I love Wolverine,” Jackman responded (via Variety). “I got to be careful what I say here, but I had been told anecdotally what the side effects are of [steroids]. And I was like, ‘I don’t love it that much.”

Smart move.

Taking anabolic steroids cause nasty side effects including shrinking testicles, baldness, lower sperm count, and the development of breasts.

Repeatedly getting too much testosterone at once can also lead to serious health issues including kidney problems, liver damage, high blood pressure, an enlarged heart, changes in blood cholesterol, and an increased risk of blood clots.

If you think you might be testosterone deficient, testosterone replacement therapy can restore your hormone levels. But if you’re taking T to build muscle and compete at Mr. Olympia, then hopefully the above side effects deter you.


How Hugh Became Wolverine

Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine in the upcoming installment of the Deadpool films, alongside his friend and fake rival Ryan Reynolds. And he’ll probably prep for it the way he did in the past: what Jackman called “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 karma is not good for me. If the deity has anything related to chickens, I’m in trouble,” Jackman said.

Taking his obsession with poultry aside, Jackman also hit the gym for 60 to 90- minute strength training workouts focused around moves like squats, deadlifts, and pressing exercises.

“To push the muscles to failure by the last set, we’ll superset compound moves with isolation ones—for example, go from a dumbbell bench press straight into a [dumbbell] fly,” Ryan told Coach Mag. “By the last set you need a spotter to help you squeeze out those last couple of reps.”