As "Game of Thrones" fans can attest, The Mountain is a shockingly large human.
His real name is Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, and he hails from Reykjavik, Iceland, where he transformed from a regular mountain to a Mount Everest-sized specimen after giving up professional basketball seven years ago.
In a fun interview with GQ, the 6-foot-9, 396-pound Bjornsson explains that he fell in love with weightlifting while recovering from a second ankle injury. His astounding, visible mass reveals that becoming a full-time strongman (and actor) worked out quite well.
Back in October, we got a chance to see what happens (video above) when The Mountain meets The Notorious — a couple of gifted athletes with a flair for the dramatic. Neither man attempted to genuinely hurt the other (it appears), but Irishman Conor McGregor did land a few shots that registered a sound. Here’s what Bjornsson had to say about that meeting:
It would be a pretty compelling, "Mike Tyson’s Punch Out"-esque brawl if these two were to meet in the Octagon and fight for real.
Bjornsson lifting a ridiculous amount of weight.
The Mountain weighs more than two-and-half McGregors and deadlifts 990 pounds. McGregor’s game is speed and precision, and he could do damage to a man of any size if he landed a shot to the head. Of course, if The Mountain got a hold of McGregor, he could squash him like a grape.