If you’re a guy, chances are, you know Tom Hardy as an actor pretty well.
If you’re a gal, chances are you, and thousands of other women, find Tom Hardy insanely gorgeous.
Yes, he’s not a bad looking fella’ is Tom, and to make matters worse, not only is he good looking, and very friendly and approachable, he also has a very, very impressive physique.
Those of you who know Tom pretty well, will know that he’s a method actor that takes his craft very seriously indeed.
He throws himself into every role he takes on and does everything in his power to become the person he will soon be playing on camera.
This is not only a psychological process, it also requires a lot of physical changes and dedication as well, especially if the character he is playing is big and jacked.
This has resulted in many people asking ‘is Tom Hardy on steroids?’
We don’t know for certain, although it’s obvious that if he is using, he certainly is not on cycle constantly, though we’d still like to get a better idea one way or another, out of pure morbid curiosity if nothing else.
So, with that said, below we’ll be getting to know Tom Hardy better, we’ll be looking at his physique and some of his more physically demanding roles, and we’ll be looking at evidence both for, and against, potential steroid use in a bid to answer the question of is Tom Hardy on steroids?
Once and for all.
A Legal Disclaimer
Before we begin analysing Tom’s physique, we first need to get the legal mumbo jumbo out of the way.
We are not affiliated with Tom in any way, nor do we know anybody else that is closely affiliated with him.
We have no proof of steroid use on Tom’s part, nor do we have evidence to prove that he has never used steroids either.
The aim of this article is to look at Tom’s impressive physical transformations over the years in a bid to determine whether he may have used steroids in the past, and to look at how he was, and is, able to achieve such an impressive physique in a relatively short space of time.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s learn more about Mr Hardy.
Who Is Tom Hardy?
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last decade or so, you’ll know that Tom Hardy is one of the most talented and in-demand actors in all of Hollywood at this moment in time, and this has been the case for a number of years now.
But who is Tom Hardy outside of films?
Well, Tom is a UK actor that is London born and bred.
Born in Hammersmith in the East End of London back in 1977, though he is highly successful now, Tom’s past is anything but simple.
As a youth he would often find himself in trouble and on the wrong side of the law, and he began dabbling with illegal narcotics for recreational use.
Shortly after he found himself addicted to drugs and this addiction almost cost him everything, including his life.
Determined to beat his addiction to go through rehab and various other self-help treatments, including a focus on exercise, and he was able to beat his addiction.
He had been passionate about acting for years and after appearing in various shows and plays, he landed his first on-screen role in 2001, appearing in the hit WW2 show Band of Brothers.
He has since gone on to become one of the most famous Hollywood actors in the world, appearing in films, including: Bronson, Warrior, Legend, Mad Max, Batman the Dark Knight Rises, Dunkirk, The Revenant, and many more.
He is also recognisable from hit TV shows such as Taboo, and Peaky Blinders.
Tom’s “bigger” Roles
Tom Hardy is no stranger to exercise and physical exertion.
He’s a big fan of MMA and is friends with a number of pro fighters, many of whom have helped him to train for his various roles in the past.
It’s also clear as day, that he takes pride in his appearance and keeps himself in shape, even when he isn’t acting.
By his own admission, he isn’t your typical ‘body guy’ so he doesn’t walk around ripped to shreds when he doesn’t have to be.
He generally keeps his weight under control and carries a decent amount of muscle.
In the past, however, as many Hollywood celebrities such the rock and Terry Crews, he has really beefed up for some roles and has packed on a lot of muscle and size, which is why people often wonder is Tom Hardy on steroids.
Two films in the past that caused people to believe he may have been using something other than protein powder were ‘Bronson’ and ‘Warrior’.
In Bronson, Tom played notorious UK criminal and prolific fighter Charles Bronson, and in that role he really had to pack on the size.
Tom was hitting the gym like a man possessed and he gained close to 40 pounds of mass for the role.
His physique in Bronson was very big and powerful, but not especially lean.
He had a shredded ABS, just about, but he was carrying a decent amount of water, and a little fat as well.
His arms, chest, and traps were huge, and Tom pretty much looked like a bodybuilder deep in the off-season.
In Warrior, Tom played an MMA fighter and he displayed a leaner, more aesthetic physique.
He was lighter in Warrior than Bronson, though; because he was leaner this made him look bigger.
His biggest transformation to date, however, was to play villain Bane, in Batman the Dark Knight Rises.
Tom gained a shocking 30 pounds of muscle in just 3 months to play Bane, and this was on top of the weight he gained in Warrior.
This 30 pounds were pure muscle, with barely a pound of fat being added, and Tom has claimed it took its toll on his body.
This section is pretty difficult to document because, in all honesty, we don’t know for sure because Tom’s stats keep changing depending on which role he is playing.
The general consensus is that on average, Tom’s stats are that he stands at 5ft 9 inches tall, and he weighs in at around 182 pounds.
On paper these stats are nothing impressive, and there are plenty of natural bodybuilders that are bigger than that, so why the steroid accusations?
Well, the simple answer is that when he played Bane, Tom weighed in at roughly 210 pounds, and 220 pounds to play Bronson.
How Tom Allegedly Was Able To Get In Shape
Before we begin looking at whether or not Tom could be using gear, we’ll first look at what we know about how Tom was able to build such an impressive physique for some of his beefier roles.
In Bronson for example, Tom played a criminal in prison, so he trained and ate like a criminal in prison.
Though he still used free weights, much of his training was geared around how Bronson himself would train in his cell (he even has a fitness book detailing how he got in shape in jail) so Tom would perform a lot of bodyweight exercises.
He needed to add bulk and mass, so his diet wasn’t especially strict, and was your typical dirty (ish) bulk diet.
During the day he’d eat chicken and rice, but later at night Tom would eat pizza and ice cream, drink mass gainers, and drink sugary drinks to get the calories in.
He gained 42 pounds as a result, though it wasn’t all pure muscle.
In Warrior, Tom was much leaner and had to look like a fighter.
He therefore ate like a bodybuilder and ate 5 – 7 protein rich meals throughout the day, with typical meals consisting of boiled rice, grilled chicken, and green veggies.
His training was more MMA-based and he would often box and perform kickboxing to build his much leaner physique.
To play Bane, again, he ate typical bodybuilding foods with extra calories, so that he could bulk up cleaner than he did to play Bronson.
Taking in protein, healthy fats, calories, and veggies, his training was a 5×5 routine 4 days per week, placing an emphasis on heavy compound lifts.
With 5×5 you perform 5 sets of 5 reps per exercise, with minimal rest.
Is Tom Hardy on steroids?
So, the time has come to look at whether Tom pay have used steroids in the past.
It’s obvious he isn’t using all of the time, but to bulk up, did he use steroids?
Here are some arguments for, and against, potential steroid use.
First and foremost, building muscle is a real pain in the rear end because it’s so hard.
It takes an eternity to gain even a few measly pounds of muscle, yet Tom was able to gain 30 pounds of pretty much solid muscle to play Bane, in just 3 months.
This right here has set alarm bells ringing because you just don’t gain 30 pounds of muscle in 3 months naturally.
Hell, you’d struggle to gain 30 pounds of muscle in a year naturally.
Perhaps, but we need to keep looking.
Tom Has Claimed Natty
When asked about bulking up to play Bronson, Tom emphatically replied that he bulked up naturally, without the aid of steroids.
He obviously felt pretty passionate about this because he was never asked outright if he had used steroids, only how he was able to bulk up.
Most bodybuilders that were using steroids, would have been diplomatic and would have avoided the question so as to not draw attention to their potential steroid use, yet Tom stated outright that he did it naturally through diet and training.
One way of getting an idea, if somebody is using gear is to check out their traps.
Steroid users often find that their traps grow disproportionately big in regards to the rest of their body, and if you check out Batman, Bronson, and Warrior, Tom’s traps are certainly bigger than your average gym-goer.
This could suggest steroid use, although if you check out Tom when he clearly is definitely not on steroids, you’ll see that his traps are naturally large anyways, so this one could be chalked up to genetics.
He’s Not Big All The Time
This again could suggest steroid use on Tom’s behalf because most of the time it’s as clear as day that he isn’t on gear, yet other times he packs on the muscle and size.
To go from one extreme to the other is difficult, so again, it could suggest that Tom does hop on a cycle to gain size for certain roles.
With him due to play Venom in his next role, it’ll be interesting to see how he looks on screen in that role.
So, is Tom Hardy on steroids?
This is a difficult question to ask because, if he has used steroids in the past, he certainly doesn’t use them constantly as his physique does change based upon whichever role he is playing.
If you were to ask us outright, however, we’d say that we think Tom has used steroids in the past to bulk up for various roles, though once he’d finished his final scene we’re pretty sure that’s where his cycle will have ended.