Henry Cavill refused to take Steroids for MAN OF STEEL

Henry Cavill refused to take Steroids for MAN OF STEEL

Henry Cavill tells USA Weekend that neither would he take steroids to play Superman nor would Gym Jones train him if he did. Plus, new image from a photoshoot.

Playing a superhero isn't just laughing your way to the bank. Henry Cavill spoke to USA Weekend in detail about the immense physical effort and discipline that goes into a role like this, specially Superman, the biggest, buffest and greatest Superhero of them all.

On why it was important to him to transform his body
It was a big responsibility. It was very important to represent the character’s physicality in the right way. I was living and breathing Superman. I just wanted to do this right.

On being impressed with his own transformation
I have shrunk down to a more normal size now. You should have seen me then. I was considerably bigger. There are a couple of shots of me that I think, ‘My goodness. I was definitely a large chap.'

On avoiding steroids to achieve his physique
(Mark Twight) asked, ‘Would you like to use steroids or HGH (human growth hormone) to get to where you want to go?’ I immediately said no. And he said, ‘Good. Because if you did, I wouldn’t train you.’ To take a shortcut to get to that place is not what Superman represents. That was important to me.

On would he be ready to again train so hard for the sequel
Absolutely. Yes, it was hard work. Yes, there were points I thought I couldn’t do it. But you can do it. And I did.

You can read the rest of the article at USA Weekend.

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mattboesch8907 - 6/8/2013, 2:33 PM
I respect this guy even more. way to go Mr. Cavill.
DrDoom - 6/8/2013, 2:35 PM
I would assume he wouldn't use steroids lol
MrCBM56 - 6/8/2013, 2:35 PM
Of course he hasn't took steroids! I can't name an actor that have. No disrespect to you but this shouldn't even be news because I'm sure this hasn't even crossed people minds. Then again I may be wrong.
KingLeonidas - 6/8/2013, 2:36 PM
Its a parlor game these days. Anytime an actor gets big, people say he took steroids.
TayDee - 6/8/2013, 2:39 PM
I'm still not excited for this movie, but this guy does know the right things to say to make people happy.
jazzman - 6/8/2013, 2:45 PM

what u talking about Sly Stallone used steroids
TheRationalNerd - 6/8/2013, 2:47 PM


rocky - 6/8/2013, 2:49 PM
I salute him

But also knowing more than a few folk that have used 'roids I wouldn't blame nor cast him in a different light had he opted for them. The fact is you still have to bust your ass and adhere to a proper diet.

But when you're in his position you have the advantage of that being literally your job, to get big. You have a trainer and I assume a dietitian helping all the way
KingLeonidas - 6/8/2013, 2:50 PM

Jackman also looks like he has taken steroids. I am not saying he has, but he looks like that.

And the Rock has surely taken them. Might be even Whalberg for Pain & Gain.
MrCBM56 - 6/8/2013, 2:57 PM

Really?! I lost respect for him.
PsyGuy - 6/8/2013, 2:58 PM
Why does that matter??

I wouldn't care if he did use steroids!
Brainiac13 - 6/8/2013, 3:00 PM
Brainiac13 - 6/8/2013, 3:02 PM

Truth said....it doesn't matter...but it shows what type of actor he is and what he sees as wrong!
jazzman - 6/8/2013, 3:02 PM

i wont be surprise about The Rock and Whalberg
KingLeonidas - 6/8/2013, 3:02 PM

But Cavill himself said he cares. That it wouldn't be right to take steroids for the role of Superman.
marvel72 - 6/8/2013, 3:03 PM
jazzman - 6/8/2013, 3:08 PM

it does matter the guy is playin Superman
JordanKing - 6/8/2013, 3:09 PM
And we should e congratulating him for this?

Hey guys! I didn't murder a kitten today!
sameoldthing - 6/8/2013, 3:10 PM
Man Of Steroids would have been a different movie altogether.
His costume would fit easier over his tiny nuts!

I respect Cavill on going natural.
That said,he's not competing in an athletic event against others so if at some point he needs a "boost" to get back in shape due to injury or even aging..well,no big deal.

Hopefully kids will find out that you can still get muscled up using hard work & not drugs.
Superman indeed.
Brainiac13 - 6/8/2013, 3:11 PM
He is going to be the biggest role model for children....and this says he is the real Man of Steel!
rocky - 6/8/2013, 3:13 PM
Tom Hardy did as well for Bane from what the pictures seem to indicate, maybe for Warrior too
rocky - 6/8/2013, 3:14 PM
Does anyone care about actors thatr get all these plastic surgeries?
Well unlike those taking steroids still requires 100% dedication and effort.
Just saying for folks getting up on their high horses
AshleyWilliams - 6/8/2013, 3:20 PM
He IS Superman.
KingLeonidas - 6/8/2013, 3:21 PM
Tom Hardy?? He was so horribly out of shape in TDKR.

Look at these set photos, very flabby twiggy arms, no definition anywhere and just plain out of shape. I doubt he took steroids to look like that. Just too many cup cakes I think.

rocky - 6/8/2013, 3:30 PM
I think he just tried to bulk up too quick.
Even on p.e.d.s you have to eat right
jazzman - 6/8/2013, 3:33 PM

tom hardy did not take any roids at all.


he did has weight on cause he wanted to look bigger for the role of bane. he said on the jonathan ross show that he been eating alot of chocolate
jazzman - 6/8/2013, 3:37 PM

tom hardy in his younger days was a drug addict but he has recovery ever since
KingLeonidas - 6/8/2013, 3:40 PM

He looks extremely ordinary. More like a 'Before' picture than an 'After' picture. Snyder would never have allowed him to look that way.
TheGambitFreak - 6/8/2013, 3:52 PM
Man, each time I watch an interview or read his quotes, the more and more I look up to him.

He seriously handled the Jay Leno show like a pro. It was a really terrific interview.

He used to be a pudgy kid like me in school. Bullied and teased. His story is truly incredible.

The only film I've seen him in is The Cold Light of Day and he did incredible in it. It's sad that he nearly gave up acting. He has a wide range in the department.

He speaks so fluent and sincere, it's great. I hope he gets his time in the spotlight, he deserves it. There's no one else I'd rather see as Supes.
TheYoungMan - 6/8/2013, 3:55 PM
KingLeo just so you know Bane wasn't supposed to be cut up like a Abercrombie model in TDKR. His body type was inspired by those strongmen from the circus.

KingLeonidas - 6/8/2013, 4:08 PM
"Cavill is probably lying. I imagine most actors in action flicks have juiced."

Why would he lie? This guy speaks so earnestly and genuinely that I'd believe him. He speaks like a guileless guy.
jerryblake - 6/8/2013, 4:12 PM
there is the scene in "Dark Knight Rises", with shirtless Hardy in the sewers. You can clearly see how big he was back then. But @rocky is right. He really tried to bulk up to quick. He wasn't ripped. He was just bulked up. He was in better shape in "Warrior".
It seems his 3 steps training program ended with only 1 step.
exe - 6/8/2013, 4:16 PM

Hardy got big for Bane FYI. There are tons of pics you can check on the net for that. The first pic you got is from the football stadium speech when they are far into production and far from shooting the first Bats-Bane fight.

He didn't need to look big anymore and they covered him in badass coat. They only need his acting from that point.
whoa123 - 6/8/2013, 4:19 PM
Tom Hardy's Bane isn't exactly a muscle man and like what is said above it was inspired by strongmen and I like that approach. You guys should definitely look a the physique of Hardy in Warrior (great film).

TheGambitFreak - 6/8/2013, 4:25 PM
No. After high school I got serious about my weight and really needed to control it. I got with an old buddy that worked at a gym and started eating healthier. I did need help keeping my weight down once I bulked help and @yoss and Mags Gave me some pointers. I do cheat every great once in awhile but it's nothing I can't handle.

ALegendaryPanda - 6/8/2013, 4:28 PM
A little off topic but I just found the full track of "This is Clark Kent" on youtube.

jerryblake - 6/8/2013, 4:30 PM
nobody follow Simmons. Except you :)
rocky - 6/8/2013, 4:38 PM
I'll take Cavill at his word

but he has every reason to lie.
Do you know the shit storm that would cause in conservative America?
He may be telling the truth but if he did use he wouldn't admit to it
and be a pariah to parents and probably even calls for a boycott by some

Come on the guy has enough sense for that as does WB
TheGreenBastard - 6/8/2013, 5:11 PM
That's good, good for him. I to refuse to use steroids, or hgh, or must of the "supplements" they say are legal. I have a friend I got into hitting the gym, and now he's gone crazy with it. He takes all sorts pills and shit like that to get ridiculously big. The only thing I ever wanted to use, or felt the need to use, was protein shakes and bars. If you're eating the right things, and enough of them, you'll get in shape, and bulk up on your own.

Marvel72: Holy shit!! I knew he was using some stuff, but damn, Rocks clearly using some shit to get that big.
rocky - 6/8/2013, 5:26 PM
Properly cycled
properly dosed
proper diet and training
proper pct and yes I agree they can and are very helpful

Unfortunately most of them being illegal most folk do it without a doctor's advice and monitoring.
And too many probably still believe in "the more the better" which is a fallacy

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