Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane is easily one of the most evil characters on the show “Game of Thrones”. He’s massive, brutal, and in Sunday night’s duel with Oberyn “The Red Viper” Martell was involved in something so shocking that people are still talking about it. Casting a guy who could convincingly portray the 8-foot-tall knight was no easy task (two other actors played him in earlier seasons), but the producers seem to have found their man in Icelandic strongman Hafthor Bjornsson.
Bjornsson is 6-foot-9 and 420(!) pounds, numbers that make him a perfect candidate for lifting astoundingly heavy things. He’s competed in the World’s Strongest Man competitions since 2011 and has been steadily progressing up the leaderboard, culminating in a second-place finish in this year’s event. Here he is lifting almost 1,000 pounds like it’s no big deal:
If that’s not convincing enough, here he is (painted oddly but perhaps understandably in Hulk green) tossing a washing machine: