Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson bulked up to nearly 300 pounds for his role in Pain and Gain, a movie that, yet again, brought steroids to bad light. In an interview, when asked if he used steroids, The Rock denied using any and humorously turned to Mark Wahlberg asking, “How about you? You did all kinds.”
Pain and Gain was one of those movies which bodybuilders and bodybuilding enthusiasts were eagerly waiting for. The catch was that it’s a true story made by the renowned Transformers director Michael Bay. Albeit with some creative additions, the movie has highlighted steroids’ negative effects especially in the hands of equally negative guys.
A frontrunner bodybuilding and fitness magazine described the tandem between Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg as one of the best movie duos ever. Its writers and editors may be pointing to how the two got beefed up to become their magazine’s front cover and not their portrayal of the movie that showcased steroid-fueled violence, which can only be possible if one is stupid enough to also be on the greed of cocaine and money.
Days before the movie hit theaters, USA Today published Dwayne Johnson’s 7-meal a day regimen:
Breakfast: 10 oz beef fillet, 2 cups oatmeal, 2 whole eggs in omelet style
Brunch: 8 oz cod, 1 cup steamed onions, peppers, and mushrooms, 12 oz sweet potato
Lunch: 8 oz chicken, 1 cup veggies, 2 cups white rice
Lunner: 8 oz cod, 2 cups rice, 1 cup veggies
Snacks: 8 oz steak, salad, 12 oz baked potato fries
Dinner: 10 oz cod, 2 cups rice, salad
Late Snacks: 30g casein protein powder, 10 eggs whites in omelet style, 1 cup veggies, 1 tbsp omega-3 fish oil
Note that this is Dwayne Johnson’s diet plan for 16 weeks to amass 12 to 15 pounds of gain. Without steroids, as he put it.
According to the real-life wrestling mania star, he experimented with steroids while playing football at the University of Miami. But to say that he has never used steroids ever since is a bit incredulous. For one, his physique in Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 was utterly immense. Comparing this to what he had during the start of his wrestling days, a lot has been insanely shaped to become incredibly huge.
The thing is, Dwayne Johnson is an actor with lots of clout. He needs to take care of his name. He is a brand in his own right. But I remember this one movie, Journey 2, where he looked silly bloated and I could only gasp. He was on steroids. However, as fans believe that he stopped using, then so be it.
To be honest, a regular guy with the same genetics and resources as Dwayne Johnson can also attain that much muscle. If he is not doing anything else. But with The Rock, busy and determined to become the archetype of a clean and natural bodybuilder that he wants to portray, I am in the opinion that he is taking supplements and drugs to help him get the physique that he aims for his movies.