Jude Law Has Never Taken Any Drug

By McCarton Ackerman 04/19/13

Due to his strict upbringing, the actor won't even take over-the-counter painkillers.

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Jude Law is so squeaky clean, he won't even pop an Aspirin. The 40-year-old British actor, who plays a psychiatrist who prescribes a disturbing new psychotropic drug in the current Steven Soderbergh thriller Side Effects, reveals that he's never taken a drug before, including over-the-counter medicines. "I grew up in a family where I didn't even get headache tablets. My mother wasn't a health freak, but she had strong principles," he says. ''In the '70s, that was just becoming popular: We shouldn't eat this and that, or not watch TV that much. And a dislike of painkillers and pills was a part of it.'' Despite his strict upbringing, Law says he was surrounded by love and he's grateful he never felt tempted to try drugs, as a result of his childhood. ''My family mainly had this martyr-like north English attitude: Don't complain, it will be fine. If you are cold, put a pullover on. And if you hurt yourself, just get up again," he says. "In England, we call that 'tough love'. I just have no relation to medicine and until now, I have been lucky not to need them for emotional or psychological reasons—fingers crossed!"

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.