Is Mel Gibson on Steroids?

Aussie actor Mel Gibson shows off his buff arms while in Los Angeles

Mel Gibson is no spring chicken. His days of rolling on pavement as a sharp0-shooter in Lethal Weapon or riding bareback in Ireland in Braveheart are long gone. Long gone. Even his hair is starting to thin. Recently, however, Gibson was photographed leaving an LA gym in California wearing a very tight tank-top that revealed both his muscular upper-body and core. At the age of 57, father of 8 children, and stuck with fatherly movie roles for the rest of his dwindling career, one can only wonder how he managed to build biceps thicker than most people’s thighs.

Is Mel Gibson on anabolic steroids? Human growth hormone?

Alas, he has been cast in “Expendables 3″ by Sylvester Stallone, which only makes hGH use more likely as Stallone was charged in 2007 with importing steroids to Australia, no doubt in an effort to keep up his rugged beefcake appearance for “Expendables 1″ and the last (thank goodness) Rocky film.

Gibson has never really debut an overly muscular appearance for any past roles. Yes, he was fit and in shape, and even muscular, but the appearance of muscles supported by anabolic steroids or hGH often come with a much thicker, plumper appearance, never lean and fit like was throughout his earlier career.

A website focused and supportive of steroid use explains, ”Bodybuilders may illicitly self-administer hGH to improve size and strength, usually by subcutaneous injection into the lower abdomen.”

This hormone is naturally produced in plentiful amounts in young people, but HGH has always well-known for its ability to slow or even reverse the signs of aging.

Administered via injection and often prescribed to older men, hGH is known to give even the average user bigger muscles, increased energy, and increased exercise capacity without much effort. For an athlete putting hard work in at the gym, the benefits are simply ten-fold.

The benefits go on to aid more than just your outer appearance, explains Harvard research: “They enjoy protection from fractures, increased muscle mass, improved exercise capacity and energy, and a reduced risk of future heart disease.”

Best of all? Users easily drop body fat levels, too. Oh, and your sex drive will bring you back to your college days.

But it’s not harmless. “Up to 30% of patients experience side effects that include fluid retention, joint and muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome (pressure on the nerve in the wrist causing hand pain and numbness), and high blood sugar levels.”

Is it that preposterous to assume Gibson has turned to a some serious supplemental support? Not really.

Vanity Fair explains that addiction to hGH among celebrities is not a new fad, and is definitely a growing issue as older actors feel pressured to keep their bodies looking young. So far, aside from Sylvester (who was outed in Sydney), other actors to acknowledge hGH use include Oliver Stone and Nick Nolte.

(It even helps diminish wrinkles. Really, this stuff is gold. Or, just youth in a syringe.)

While hGH supplementation has proved to be life-saving for patients with HIV/AIDS, Prader-Willi syndrome, and Turner’s syndrome, the long-term, the risks and side-effects for seemingly healthy abusers are worrisome:

“Long-term risks were somewhat more troubling.” explains Ned Zeman of Vanity Fair. “Endocrinologists have been monitoring H.G.H. recipients ever since those first treatments. Now, armed with 30 years’ worth of data—a bounty, by new-to-market standards—the researchers found a few concerning trends, among them an increased risk of cancer, heart failure, and diabetes. The diabetes is thought to be caused by H.G.H.’s tendency to increase glucose intolerance (because the hormone impacts the metabolization of carbohydrates). But all pharmaceuticals pose some degree of hazard. The medical establishment, having done the risk-reward analysis, came down in favor of H.G.H. for appropriate patients.”

If Gibson is using, let’s hope “Expendable’s 3″ actually pays off in the box-office and makes the irrevocable damage to this long-term health worth it. Or perhaps, he’s just really pumping the iron and eating his broccoli and steamed chicken for the lean, vascular, beefy look?

Op-Ed

Written by Ginger Vieira

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11 Responses to Is Mel Gibson on Steroids?

  1. Captain Community March 30, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    For some reason the reporter sounds like a hater and completely ignorant btw. I’m a body builder myself. The weight gain could very easily be from age as well, and with any really inspired training and discipline (the dudes got 8 kids). With or without is irrelevant, real athletes know that. It’s just an added boost if they do use. So what some rude little reporter took a photo of a man who’s coming out of severe depression and finally feeling good and training again. God bless Mel Gibson to keep being the HERO he is.

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  2. Captain Community March 29, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    First of all, steroids don’t magically put you in good health and put muscles on you- trust me. At his age, it’s amazing he’s able to have the discipline to pump up like that- with or without drugs and so on…

    Ok as an action hero myself, I’ve decided to start a public relations campaign for one of MY heroes Mel Gibson.

    The public and press have denigrated this man far to long for these ridiculous drunken statements and private arguments between his Ex wife and others who have been sabotaging and trying to destroy this mans reputation. It’s gone on WAY TO LONG PEOPLE, get over it.

    Mel Gibson is an admirable man from a large family (we were both the 6th born with 11 siblings!) who’s under stress and made some bad comments- but that’s all they are people- bad words. The actions of this man prove he truly is a hero and a good example for Americas children. Because he is deeply religious and has strong moral convictions he’s experienced so much personal guilt and shamefulness about what he did- I believe he’s truly sorry.

    Let’s examine a bit of his career and portfolio as well (compared to other Hollywood actors and scumbags like Phillip Seymour Hoffman who get praised for doing horribly perverse and twisted films). Mel Gibson on the other hand, most of his career has played action heroes who’s looking out and saving the innocent from forces of evil. His characters and career have inspired greatness from other people who have been persecuted (such as myself.)

    I here absolutely everything he’s saying in this interview and I believe he’s being very honestly and sincere- minus the prey of cowards like the press and other members of Hollywood.

    Mel Gibson has suffered severe clinical depression as a result of this- quite frankly I’m worried about him ’cause I think the only dangers he imposes is on himself!

    Not that it matters, but quite frankly Jews ARE responsible for MANY conflicts and other things that have led to wars and bloodshed. Truth is, this is obviously a sensitive issue. In a way, it took alot of courage to make these comments and then explain himself. ‘Cause he’s NOT a real racist and bigot, that’s absurd and his character proves otherwise.

    I live in Ventura County area and I have never met Mel Gibson, but I’ve been a strong supporter of his behind the scenes.

    Mel If your out there, God bless, continue trusting your heat and standing up for what’s right. Your movies will continue to grow and inspire people as you enter a new phase of your life.

    Captain Community

    P.S. Hope it doesn’t sound weird but I love Mel Gibson, always will.

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  3. MorrisonClan February 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Ginger Vieira, it seems as though you’re very concerned about Mel’s health. I like that.

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  4. Jon October 4, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Scotland, not Ireland.

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  5. Hyperbolic Hector September 1, 2013 at 5:05 am

    ‘…biceps thicker than most people’s thighs.’

    How’s that for a bit of hyperbole?

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  6. legion August 31, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Is this supposed to be journalism?

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  7. john doe August 30, 2013 at 11:18 am

    steroids used properly can make you lean and shredded, or big and bulky, and most male celebrity’s have used them or are going to use them for there roles in movies, otherwise if they don’t fit the character role they wont get the part and wont make money from it. And even some female celebrity’s use steroids at minor doses, like anavar, winstrol etc

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  8. Steven Parker August 28, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    He’s definitely doping. Not a good idea for normal men but especially stupid for a man famous for his rage problems & his crazy meltdowns.

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    • Honest Achiever October 1, 2013 at 3:50 am

      @Steven Parker: your proof of “definitely” being what exactly? Maybe the ‘lack of self disclipline’ and ‘no life content’ faction should take a (quiet) back seat when someone is working. Being 50 and having just lost 30 pounds and over 8% body fat, I say ‘Kudos’!

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    • Diablo135 October 1, 2013 at 7:07 am

      He’s not juicing. What is wrong with you guys? He’s been ripped in every movie I ever saw him in

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