In case you haven’t yet seen the movie Southpaw, you should know that Jake Gyllenhaal managed to bulk up a staggering 45 pounds of pure muscle in less than 6 months in order to play the part of a stoic boxer who tries to turn his life around after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.
The actor did an amazing job and garnered nothing but praise for his performance and dedication, however, some experts claim that it is very possible Gyllenhaal used some kind of performance-enhancing drugs in order to achieve this impressive physical change.
Since we know that even pro weightlifters aim at the maximum amount of potential muscle gain of 2 pounds per month, something’s definitely fishy about how exactly Jake managed to bulk up that quickly.
According to Big Think:
“In an industry that prizes youthful qualities, Hollywood stars are no strangers to taking steroids. Sylvester Stallone, for example, was caught red-handed entering Austria with vials of Human Growth Hormone and testosterone. And Gyllenhaal’s trainer estimates that about 20 percent of male leads in Hollywood are doping.”
Why It Is Wrong
Chris Gyngell, a postdoctoral researcher in neuroethics and a writer at the University of Oxford’s Practical Ethics blog, claims that if perceive athletes engaging in doping as immoral, we should also feel the same when it comes to actors.
- It’s unfair – “steroids are illegal, actors (and athletes) who use them gain an unfair advantage over those who do not break the rules. That’s a clear ethical standard,” says Gyngell.
- It’s unsafe – for obvious reasons.
- It’s against the morals of the craft – Bodybuilding should be all about even-handed competition.
What are your two cents on the topic?