College football player, WWE wrestler, and now movie idol Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson told MTV he injected a little metabolic stimulation while he played football for the Miami Hurricanes.
Steroids have become a fact of life in the sports world, but rarely do those in the movie business have an intimate, first-person perspective on the dangers and allures of performance-enhancing drugs. But then, how many movie stars went from college football to professional wrestling to box office hits like "The Game Plan" and "Get Smart"?
When Dwayne Johnson talked with MTV News — in a cab — about latest Disney movie, "Race to Witch Mountain" (due out March 13), he ended up sharing not only his thoughts on 'roids, but also his personal experience using them.
"I tried it," Johnson admitted. "Me and my buddies tried it back in the day when I was 18 or 19. Didn't know what we were doing."
Johnson discusses his version of the juice:
That was around the time that Johnson was a defensive lineman for the University of Miami Hurricanes, where he was part of the 1991 National Championship team. After a short stint in the Canadian Football League, Johnson gave pro wrestling a go, and eventually became one of World Wrestling Entertainment's biggest stars. The WWE has experienced numerous steroid scandals, from the suspension of 10 wrestlers for drug-policy violations in 2007 to the suspected steroid-related deaths of stars Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit.
"It's not as prevalent today in our sports as it was 10 years ago," Johnson said. "But we have to recognize that a culture was created where it was OK to do that, and a lot of team managers, owners, players who didn't do it would turn the other cheek. We recognize that, and now we have to institute stronger penalties, which we are doing."
Johnson goes on to give the standard clause about educating children on the dangers of AASs. Now that he has it made (like Arnold Schwarzenegger), he can wax moral.