Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, the 29-year-old Icelandic actor/professional bodybuilder who plays mute wall of muscle Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on Game Of Thrones, has never been the kind of guy you want to pick a fight with at a bar. Now, though, he’s got a title to match his 6'9", 400-pound physique: The World’s Strongest Man.
Björnsson, a four-time Europe’s Strongest Man winner who has been building up to this for a few years now by breaking keg-toss records and throwing washing machines on Italian TV, competed in the World’s Strongest Man competition eight times before finally winning the title in the Philippines on Saturday. His victory came after a two-day ordeal where contestants performed feats of strength including deadlifting cars, pulling double-decker buses, and a “Loading Race” that involves hauling objects like “anchors and chains, sandbags, anvils, lobster pots, masts, blocks of ice, wine casks and beer kegs” weighing between 100-164 kg (that’s about 220-360 pounds). He celebrated his victory on Instagram:
The World’s Strongest Man competition will air on CBS in June, according to The New York Times.