Game Of Thrones's The Mountain Is The World's Strongest Man
The actor who plays The Mountain is a big, strong dude.
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays Gregor Clegane AKA The Mountain on Game of Thrones, is a force to be reckoned with in the novels and on the show. He's also a force in real life, as the actor, 28, recently earned the title of World's Strongest Man at a competition in the Philippines. Björnssonn, who is 6' 9" and weighs 400 pounds, won the title on Sunday, improving from his previous second- and third-place finishes over the years.
The event took place this month and was taped before its airing in the United States on CBS in June. You can see amateur footage of the finals in the YouTube video below. Among other things, Björnsson pulled a bus with a rope and deadlifted a car. You can see these incredible feats and more in the footage below in the video from Power Mafia (via NYT).
Celebrating his achievement on Instagram, Björnssonn quoted the Will Smith movie The Pursuit of Happyness. He wrote: "Don't ever let someone tell you that you can't do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can't do something themselves, they are going to tell you that you can't do it. You want something, go get it. Period."
Björnssonn joined Game of Thrones as The Mountain in its fourth season. He's the third actor to play the character after HBO recast the role twice.
Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres sometime in 2019. There are six episodes in all, which doesn't sound like many, but remember that they might all be as long as movies. In other news, we recently learned about a battle scene that took 55 nights to shoot.