"The Mountain" from Game of Thrones is Scarily Strong in Real Life

Kirstin Fawcett

Actor Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson, known as "The Mountain" on HBO’s Game of Thrones, isn’t just strong on screen—he’s also a muscle-bound powerhouse in real life. When the 6-foot-9 former Icelandic basketball player isn't appearing on the hit television show, he engages in competitive feats of brawn around the world. In fact, Mashable reports that Björnsson set a new keg toss record in the World’s Strongest Man competition.

Björnsson has racked up a few titles over time, including Iceland's Strongest Man, Iceland's Strongest Viking, and Europe’s Strongest Man. But to earn his latest title while participating in the Swedish qualifying heat in the World's Strongest Man event, the gigantic athlete hurtled a 33-pound container 24 feet and six inches into the air over a bar—proving that not everything we see on HBO is due to special effects. (Also, it should be added that the record Björnsson broke was his own.)

Watch Björnsson in action via the above video, and just be glad that he’s tossing a container of beer, and not a human.

Images courtesy of YouTube.

[h/t Mashable]