Many actors use different types of steroids while others oppose these drugs. Ben Affleck is a controversial person in this sense. On the one hand, he starred in a series that promoted a negative attitude towards these substances. On the other hand, he possibly resorted to them to gain muscle mass. Want to know more? Read our article.
Short Biography of Ben Affleck
Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt’s is originally from Berkeley, California, where he was born in 1972, August 15. He has foreign roots (Ireland and Scotland). His mom, Christine Ann Boldt, graduated from Harvard and worked as a teacher, and his father, Timothy Affleck, tried himself in many occupations (he was a plumber, a barman, a social worker, an automobile mechanic and a pharmacist). He also performed on stage as a participant of the Boston Theater Co. troupe. The future actor had a younger brother named Casey, who became an actor too. Their parents divorced in 1984, and brothers relocated to Massachusetts with their mother. Being 8-year-old boy, Ben met here his distant relative, who was a next-door neighbor, a 10-year-old cousin Matt Damon, who is also now known worldwide.
Ben Affleck launched his actor career, being a child. He performed on TV as a host of the science children’s program “The Voyage of the Mimi” on PBS, which enjoyed hyge popularity. In 1992, he and Damon, starred in the “School Ties” (teen movie). In 1993, Ben played in the “Dazed & Confused” (smash drama). He gained widespread fame due to the role in the comedy “Mallrats” (1995) about party people from the supermarket. His great success was consolidated by his role in “Chasing Amy” (1997), directed by Kevin Smith.
At the beginning of 1990s, Affleck, accompanied by Matt Damon, created a screenplay based on story, telling about a young genius mathematician. This interesting work “Good Will Hunting” was shooted by director Gus Van Sant. The success of this movie is really impressive. It was nominated for Oscars in 9 positions and won two gold figurines.
In 1998, Ben Affleck acted a role in the “Armageddon” (blockbuster) in 1998. Its box office figures amounted to about $0.5 bln. In 1999 in “Forces of Nature” (romantic comedy film) he got major character.
His first performing as a director dates back to 2007, when he shot the thriller “Gone Baby Gone” with his brother starring. The script, based on Denis Lien‘s book, described the investigation of the kidnapped girl.
In 2009 Ben’s acting career was resumed after a short break. He starred in the romantic dramedy “He Is Just Not That Into You,” a thriller movie about politics called ” State of Play,” and a funny film “Extract”. In 2010 he performed in “In the Company of Men” (John Wells’s drama) and a historical fiction novel “The City of Thieves” (with John Hamm and Jeremy Renner), directed by Ben himself again. 2016 was the year of the premiere of “Batman & Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant”, where Affleck participated as well. There was also the release of “Live by Night” (the criminal drama), where Ben starred as Joe Coughlin, a WW1 veteran of Irish descent, and acted as a scenarist & producer.
Ben Affleck’s Character and Steroids in 90s TV Series
Cinema celebs usually don’t immediately reach lofty goals. Many actors started in TV shows and serials, in episodic roles. Beginning Affleck’s roles include a footballer character in the early 90s TV series “Lifestories: Families in Crisis”. The serial, apparently, was intended to form a negative attitude to the steroids consumption in the audience.
The football player’s girlfriend found his steroids, and Ben Affleck’s character went into hysterics. At first he told his soulmate that he used those drugs as medications. But the girl read the word “testosterone” on the package and realized that there were forbidden steroids not belonging to testosterone replacement therapy. The guy was furious. The girl told him he needed help, and the fellow hit her in the face. She ran away, and he began to destroy everything he saw. The series showed that the football player had developed a psychological and physiological dependence on steroids.
How Did Ben Affleck Bulk Up for Batman v Superman?
In 2016, the famous movie Batman v. Superman was premiered. Affleck sculptured a startling physique under guidance of his coach Walter Norton from IPF Institute of Performance & Fitness, recommended to him by a common acquaintance. Ben had trained with him in 2010 during the preparing for the shooting of “City of Thieves”. Being a Boston resident of Boston, Norton had to fly regularly every week to work with Affleck. They trained in LA or on location. Ben said that he did backbreaking workouts every day. Consequently, he increased musculature and stated pumping-up of both physical and mental health.
Ben’s coach also commented on this, claiming that 7 years ago, Ben’s organism had a positive and fast respond to trainings. Their relationship was built on honesty. They had conversations, he could make a remark to his mentee, and he wouldn’t resent. The coach and his protege did not beat around the bush. Taking into consideration Ben’s age, they concentrated on his joints and muscles protection.
Ben worked hard, devoting all his free time, his power and stamina to this process, inexorably training all muscles groups. To attain a concrete result, he followed special program, composed by Norton every week. Pursuing this approach and such strategy they even over-fulfilled the set plan. For instance: during the shooting of “City of Thieves” his weight was 90 kg, in “Batman vs. Superman” he weighted 105 kg with a body fat percentage of 7.7%, losing after that 3 kg. According to Ben’s coach they put emphasis on bodybuilding, because they needed enormous muscles volume. They focused on various basic exercises, namely, biceps curls with 36 kg dumbbells, carrying sandbags and “farmer’s walk” with 27 kg extra load.
Does Ben Affleck Use Steroids?
The actor has developed good muscle mass. So many individuals ask themselves: “Did Ben Affleck use steroids?” Everyone may form their own opinion on this. A hundred kilograms of clear muscle mass is quite a lot for middle-aged Ben Affleck. Perhaps he adhered to a very strict regimen of exercising and nutrition, and also slept 10 hours a day to maximize muscle growth and his mentor created a unique program which suited the actor best. But as we know, many showbiz stars take anabolics to achieve desired goals in a short time. Sometimes they don’t have a choice, because the body has some muscle growth limits that are related to genetics. Therefore, it is possible that Ben Affleck resorted to this remedy, for example testosterone propionate and Masteron (drostanolone propionate), although in the 1990’s he contributed to the formation of a negative attitude towards these potentially dangerous drugs.