This week on Game of Thrones we were introduced to the latest iteration of Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain. This is actually the third different Mountain on the show, as the role has already been played by two different actors, both of whom were discarded like so many Bobby Drapers. But that’s not the point right now. The point is that the new Mountain is played by 6’9″, 400 lb. Hafþór “Thor” Júlíus Björnsson of IcelaHOLY HELL LOOK AT THAT GIF. Jesus Christ.
I’m sorry, let me try that again. Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. The Mountain. Here we go.
Björnsson’s claim to fame prior to his Game of Thrones appearance was that he is the third strongest man in the world and the strongest man in Iceland. Very few things sound cooler than “the strongest man in Iceland.” Maybe “the greatest jewel thief in Monte Carlo” or “skateboard champion of Neptune,” but that’s about it. Also, as our UPROXX compadres at KSK pointed out, the Indianapolis Colts briefly flirted with bringing him in to play defensive line, which would have been awesome, but Björnsson declined, saying in a recent Reddit AMA “I had to choose between being a strong man competitor as well as an actor – and the NFL. Right now my head and my goal is becoming the Worlds Strongest Man!” Seems reasonable.
And speaking of Björnsson’s Reddit AMA:
What is your daily diet and how many calories/protein/fat/carbs is it? Also what does a weight lifting routine for a Strongman look like? What types of cardio do you do?
I consume around 10.000 calories pr. day. It varies a lot, though, depending on whether I am working as an actor or to compete in the Worlds Strongest man or the likes.
Cardio = Sex and from moving HEAVY weights at the gym
I love this friggin’ guy.
In conclusion, here’s a video of Björnsson tossing kegs at the 2013 Europe’s Strongest Man Competition. He can be my champion anytime.
Source: For The Win