Hafthor Julius Bjornsson’s time as The Mountain may be over but he’s still got a shot at remaining the World’s Strongest Man.
The six-foot-nine, 441-pound actor, who played the monstrous undead bodyguard to Queen Cersei on “Game of Thrones” is currently in Florida where he is set to compete in the finals for the World’s Strongest Man title.
Bjornsson first won the title last year when the competition was held in the Philippines while he was still acting on the hit HBO series.
“You have to be willing to work 365 days a year and be absolutely obsessed with what you want to achieve, and if you’re willing to go that far then you’re able to be the World’s Strongest Man,” the 30-year-old Icelander told the New York Post. “I’m happy I was part of the show. It opened up a lot of other opportunities for me and I’m just grateful for that. I’m doing more acting, but I’m also focusing on strongman. Obviously, my goal is to be back-to-back champion.”
The actor did admit that finding time to train during the often-18-hour “Game of Thrones” shoots was tough.
“The days could be very long and tiring. Training while your body needs rest can be even worse,” he said.
The full World’s Strongest Man competition will be televised over the summer, premiering June 30.