Well, that Hollywood Reporter article on 40+ actors taking steroids and HGH to bulk up was certainly timely, wasn’t it? The article went out of its way to specify that MOST, if not all, actors over 40 years old had some help in bulking up for action roles.
Their reasoning was that studios are still trying to groom a new pair of leading men, and until then, we have our 40+ mainstays as movie stars. The problem is, once you reach such an age, it’s incredibly difficult to achieve the type of body that Hollywood is increasingly demanded. You have to give Henry Cavill credit for that – whatever else, he looked like freaking Superman in Man of Steel. And the article does point out that Cavill is one of the few who achieved his physique through difficulty and training. But Warner Brothers also gave him time to do so, carving out nearly five months of preparation before the film started shooting.
Since the Batman and Superman movie is also Warner Brothers and ostensibly under the same trainers, will Ben Affleck be following a similar regime? According to several new reports, Ben has already started training at least two hours a day to bring his physique to Batman standards, but there are a lot of doubts on whether he’ll live up to Christian Bale‘s portrayal.
Also, Ben is now 41 years old. He’s just passed the 40 year threshold that the THR report was hinting at. So will he be taking HGH and other steroids to help his enhancement? There’s already some backlash to his casting, so will he go out of his way to prove everyone wrong? Considering that WB worked so hard to keep Henry Cavill clean, I’d like to think that they will do the same for Ben. And also considering that the movie isn’t set to begin shooting until the beginning of next year, he might not require any help. We’ll just have to wait and see.