“Game of Thrones” may be a big budget fantasy, but one actor from the HBO series seems a little more like his fictional character in real life than most. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays Gregor Clegane in the series, was recently named Europe’s Strongest Man after a competition in Leeds last week.
Björnsson’s Clegane, aka The Mountain, is the towering knight in King’s Landing who faced off as Cersei’s champion in Tyrion’s trial by combat. He fought Prince Oberyn in one of Season 4’s most shocking scenes. Björnsson’s character supposedly died in the fight, but Cersei seemed to have some Frankenstein-inspired plans to the contrary in the Season 4 finale. Clegane is also the brother of Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound, who also met his end in Season 4 after developing a fan favorite chemistry with Arya Stark.
Björnsson appears to be as intimidating in real life as his bully knight is in the show. The Icelandic actor won the strong man competition, yelling in a post-competition interview, “I am the future of strength, I am the king of stones.” Björnsson is 6 feet 9 inches tall and weighs over 400 pounds.
Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, considered bringing the actor to the NFL. Björnsson also competed in the 2013 World’s Strongest Man competition in China. Fans can watch a video of Björnsson’s performance in Leeds below.
It seems if Björnsson’s character is, in fact, dead in the series, he has a lucrative career ahead of him in strongman competitions. If “The Mountain” does return, the cast and crew of “Game of Thrones” might be a little more on edge this season.
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