I actually spotted that headline over at 365 Days of Shakespeare, where it refers to steroid use. But when I first saw it, being a life-long pro-wrestling fan, thought of juicing in the context of “deliberately cutting yourself with a razor in order to draw real blood.”
What would you do? Imagine the stage combat director is an old pro-wrestler, and suggests to you that the scene will look more realistic if you take one for the team and drag a thin bit of razorblade across your forehead in the way that he shows you. Would you go for it? Or tell him he’s nuts and call the union?
It may sound like a stupid question, but there are legions of pro-wrestlers out there who do it regularly, and how different are they really from theatre performers? They’ve got a live audience, they do a show every night, they have to at least attempt to tell a story that was written for them. Imagine a play where it’s all fight scenes and later somebody goes back in and throws in some dialogue to tie it together.