According to the show’s creator, Steve Blackman via a Reddit AMA Tom Hopper ate up a scene that was cooked to perfection thanks to a mountain of steaks that the actor had no choice but to get through. In the third episode of season two, Jack Ruby (Holland Hayes) barges in on Luther’s meal, wanting to know the whereabouts of Allison’s (Emmy Raver-Lampman) home. The selected dish of the day was steak, which, while perfectly simple, needed to be tended to in between takes to ensure what was being done remained consistent. As a result, it set Hopper on a one-way course for the meat sweats.
Blackman confirmed that when it comes to Hopper, “he is a machine. But he is very particular about his food. So it always has to be protein based and healthy.” With that in mind, it seems that when it comes to steak, it’s a dish that fills Hopper’s checklist and then some. “This season, he had a scene with Jack Ruby in which he had to eat steak. For continuity, we need to provide him with a fresh steak for each take. Tom gobbled down 23 steaks that day and took the rest home for a next-day snack.” It’s an undoubtedly impressive feat from Hopper, who clearly loves a good serving of medium-rare goodness when it’s in front of him. What a hero.