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    Tom Hanks on The Late Show: Star Tells David Letterman About Using Steroids to Cure His Cold

    Tom Hanks has an unusual cure for the common cold: getting juiced.

    Turning up on The Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night, the Oscar winner joked about using steroids to purportedly kick a nasty bug while he's in the midst of his Tony-nominated run in the Broadway play Lucky Guy.

    "Say you have a cold and it happens now and it sweeps through the theatrical community. The cast of Pippin goes down…you have to go see the magic doctor," Hanks said with a straight face. "And then she puts you on the juice."

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    "Whoa! Well, that's not legal," noted Letterman.

    "Oh no, it's completely legal, Dave," the thesp replied facetiously before leaning out of his chair to the audience and adding, "I'm lying!"

    "I don't think I can trust you or your doctor," laughed Dave.

    Hanks then nodded to band leader Paul Shaffer, suggesting rock 'n' roll people use steroids all the time to perform.

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    "You take the steroid, and the only repercussion is you will not be in the hall of fame," quipped the 56-year-old actor. "But you do get back on that horse and you are on stage and you feel grrrreat!"

    Of course, Hanks was only kidding. But it certainly makes for a good story!

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