Hafthor Bjornsson has set a world record for lifting things up and putting them down. The 31-year-old, best known for his recurring role as “The Mountain” on HBO’s Game of Thrones, completed a record 1,104.52-pound deadlift Saturday, eclipsing the previous mark held by England’s Eddie Hall in 2016 (1,102.31 pounds).
One of the strongest humans alive, the 6’9,” 425-pound goliath has long been a fixture on the powerlifting circuit, competing in the World’s Strongest Man event each of the past nine years with a victory in 2018. Bjornsson completed the Herculean feat during the World’s Ultimate Strongman Competition in his native Iceland.
A born showman, Bjornsson has always felt he performs better in front of large audiences. But even with no crowd to feed off of (Iceland has limited social gatherings to 20 or fewer people throughout the coronavirus epidemic), the Game of Thrones actor had no trouble etching his name in the record books. "It feels great," Bjornsson told ESPN while reflecting on his momentous accomplishment. “I believe that today, I could have done more. But what's the point? I'm happy with this. My family and friends were happy with it, so I decided to call it.”
All in a day's work for the one they call The Mountain.