Schneider On Steroid Use: Why Wouldn't You In This Culture?

Rob Schneider dropped by The DA Show to discuss his life, career, podcast and, yes, steroids

The DA Show
July 19, 2019 - 12:38 pm

Actor and comedian Rob Schneider dropped by The DA Show on Friday to discuss his life, career, podcast and, yes, steroids.

Believe it or not, steroid use is not uncommon in Hollywood, which, in a way, makes sense.

“Actors, all they got to do is take care of the way they look,” Schneider said. “That’s their job, and then hopefully have an agent that gets them movies.”

And if actors don’t have the face or bodies they want, well, that’s where digital editing comes into play.

“There’s as much digital editing as there is ego and narcissism,” Schneider said. “Of course there is. When I was doing The Animal, I was doing legal steroids. Not that anyone would care if I was doing illegal, but I was doing the very basic stuff. It’s about helping you recover, helping you do more sets. There are also people that take steroids and don’t work out, and they become a mess.”

Schneider, 55, understands why people – especially actors and athletes – use steroids.

“There’s so much pressure to succeed in our culture, there’s so much pressure to win at all costs because you could see the benefits of it, that why wouldn’t you?” he said. “Why wouldn’t you try to get an advantage? I did a movie with a guy who was a professional football player for 16 seasons. I won’t mention his name, but you can probably figure out who it was. He was like 36, but he was still playing. Of course he was taking Winstrol, which was this steroid that’s kind of undetectable. You still get the benefits even though you get off it and it’s no longer detectable anymore.”

While steroids are an accepted aspect of Hollywood, that is not the case in professional sports. Just ask Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

“I just wish that they would admit it,” Schneider said. “If the great Roger Clemens would have just admitted that, ‘Listen, I was trying to be a hero to my team, I was trying to heal quicker, I was trying to come back faster, and I made some judgments that were – in hindsight – not good for the game.’ Here’s the thing. A lot of people don’t realize this, and I remember the great Dusty Baker setting me straight about this years ago. He said, ‘You got to understand these baseball players are 25 years old physically, but emotionally they’re 15. They got guys who have been wiping their butts and telling them how great they were since 7, 8 years old. They were the best of the best all the way, and they’re not actually as mature as people who struggle and have to really work for a living. 

“I think there’s that immature mindset that goes hand-in-hand with the pressure of succeeding,” Schneider continued, “and then you get hurt and it can all be going away. You’re going to do whatever you can to hang in there and succeed. So I think it’s a cultural thing. I don’t think it’s just necessarily the athletes. It’s also the culture putting so much pressure, giving so much high reward that is disproportionate to other jobs in society that are far more important. It is what it is.”

Schneider believes that athletes should attend seminars about finance and social media, among other topics.

“It’s just how to be an adult,” he said. “I do think that in some ways we fail our athletes and in some ways put too much pressure on our culture, and this is what you get.”

Schneider also discussed his new podcast, "See What Happens,” which he hosts with his wife, Patricia Maya. The two explore various topics, including parenting, food, philosophy and show business.