Tom Hanks recently hit the Broadway stage high on steroids for his critically-acclaimed play Lucky Guy in a bid to help him perform with a nasty cold.

The Forrest Gump star has been wowing theatre fans in New York with his performance in the Nora Ephron play, but he needed a little extra boost earlier this month (May13) when he fell ill.

Hanks paid a visit to his doctor, who put a tiny camera down his throat to determine the cause of his illness, and although the procedure was incredibly uncomfortable, he found the footage really interesting.

He explains, "It's the most fascinating eight minutes of video I've ever seen. The problem was, she puts a barbecue tong down your throat... but what you see is fascinating...

"Then she murmurs, 'Oh yes, I see some infection, there's a little swelling, so it looks like we're gonna have to put you on the juice (drugs).'"

And Hanks, 56, admits the powerful anti-inflammatory drug worked wonders for his throat as he powered through the ailment to continue his stage show.

He says, "You do get back on that horse and you're on stage and you feel great! I was on steroids for two performances, never felt better in my life, came off the show was tighter, it was quicker... I just blew through the performance feeling like a million bucks. I felt like I was 23 again!"