Tom Hanks on Taking Steroids: I Felt “Like a Million Bucks”

Tom Hanks made a confession on The Late Show With David Letterman last night: he was “on the juice.” That’s right, Tom took steroids.

It’s not as bad as you might think! During a Broadway run, Tom came down with a cold that resulted in some inflammation. Those who have had some awful respiratory problems know that steroids aren’t always illicit!

Tom says that his doctor told him, “We see some infections, a little swelling, so it looks like we’re gonna have to put you on the juice.”

The juice! Although by “the juice,” if it was for cold-related swelling, he probably meant a short-term pill like
Prednisone. Still, that can have some nasty side effects! How did Tom handle it while still performing onstage?

Tom says he performed twice while on steroids, and he felt great! “Never felt better in my life,” he said, “Came off, the show was tighter, it was quicker, we went up at 8 o’clock, we were down at 8:32. And the cast said, ‘Tom, tomorrow night, can we say our lines too?’ Cuz I just blew through the performance feeling like a million bucks.”

Oh, poor Tom! Feeling too good sometimes has a price, right?

He wrapped up the segment by making a joke about athletes on steroids: “We got a nice ovation at the end of the show, and not only that, but Dave, I went four for five.”

We’re glad you’re feeling better, Tom!

05.15.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Sarah Anne Lloyd
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