'Game of Thrones' Actor Hafthor Bjornsson Breaks World Deadlift Record | 22 Words

Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane is played by 30 years old Icelandic actor Hafþór "Thor" Björnsson, Insider says. If you're a fan of GoT you might already be familiar with this 6'9" tall, 400-pound giant and professional weightlifter.

Turns out, GoT had to put much less effort into making him appear large and powerful than you might have thought initially. In fact, he's just broken the world deadlift record.

For over a decade now, Björnsson has been a record-breaking competitive weightlifter.

In May 2018, he finally won the Strongman title after two years of just missing it.

For 2 years he came in second.

But in the 2018 World's Strongest Man competition that took place in Manila, Philippines, he finally got the gold he fully earned and deserved.

Björnsson managed to win half of the 6 events over the course of 2 days.

Those events included "vehicle dead lift, max overhead, loading race, frame carry, truck pull, and atlas stones."

How did he do it and what does it take to get there?

Insider says Björnsson was always a big guy, but it wasn't just lucky genes that got him those 400 pounds of muscle.

It took him years of hard work in the gym, strict diet and a positive attitude.

He's loved sports since a very young age. At 12 he joined the basketball team and moved "huge stones and rocks" on his grandfather's farm to stay active.

At 16, he was already at his full height, and within 3 years he realized he "had a gift for strength."

At 20, an ankle injury ended his basketball career, so he started entering strongman competitions.

Preparing for these events involves varied exercises and physical therapy sessions, Insider says.

It helps him maintain strength and avoid injuries when lifting weights of hundred, and even thousand, pounds.

"I train with heavyweights five times a week. I'm in the gym so often," he says.

"But there's also a lot of other stuff I do outside of the gym. I do a lot of hot and cold treatments to make sure I stay injury-free, and so I can also train more often."

Diet plays a huge role too.

"Diet is very important to stay in shape, to stay strong. So I'm very consistent with my meals. I eat 6 meals every single day," he says.

"I eat mostly steak, rice, carrots, with some peppers, sometimes chicken. I eat so much, really. And definitely the hardest part of being in these competitions really is the diet."

Björnsson also says he has to eat around 10,000 calories each day to keep his body shape and strength.

"There's a lot of eating, if you want to stay the best," he told Insider.

"I have to eat every two hours, I have to fuel my body. And there's a lot of timing, prepping meals, when I eat them. I think sometimes, 'Is this worth it?' I'm always eating, and I'm never hungry. I'm always eating and working out."

But no exercise and diet routine can do the trick alone.

Staying positive is the key to success. "I don't have a least favorite exercise, I don't believe in thinking about that, about least favorites," he says. "I don't like to think that way. You have to have your mind positive towards everything in life, and I try to be very positive." "To be good at everything, you have to be positive towards it. I train and I work very hard toward my weaknesses, and I have any weaknesses, I work even harder to make them my strength."

However, Björnsson does have a favorite exercise.

"My favorite exercise is the deadlift, definitely that one," he says. Which makes sense since in the 2018 World's Strongest Man competition he set a deadlift world record by lifting 1,041 pounds.

He also posted this photo of himself, his wife Kelsey Henson and the mugs of hot chocolate, people couldn't believe how truly big Björnsson is.

As Insider noted, in Henson's hands the cup appears of fairly regular size. But the same cup in Björnsson's hand looks more like a tiny shot cup.

The caption - Who's jealous?

It is, however, unclear whether he was asking if people were jealous of his wife or his tiny tiny creamy drink.

"It looks like he can take that hot chocolate down like a shot," a comment on Reddit said.

Björnsson's Instagram comment section was flooded with people suggesting that his mug looks like a shot glass or a dollhouse tea cup.

But Björnsson has always received strong comments about his unusual height and size.

The most popular photos on his Instagram account are those in which he stands next to his 19 inches shorter wife, Insider says.

Björnsson and the lifestyle and fitness blogger, Kelsey Henson, got married in October last year, according to Insider.

Insider also reports that while Björnsson height reaches 6 feet 9 inches, Henson is only 5 feet 2 inches tall. Now you know why the couple draws so much attention.

But Björnsson is proud to be so tall, even if sometime's it's inconvenient.

"I like being tall. The only thing that has annoyed me being this tall and heavy is that you can't really fit anywhere," he says.

“You have to custom-make the bed [and] you can't travel with your bed. It's very annoying."

"Trying to fit into a cab or Uber is challenging as well. I have to fly business class because I just don't fit into economy. Otherwise, I'm proud to be tall."

And it seems he's showing no signs of slowing down.

Because Bjornsonn celebrated his third victory in a row at the Arnold Strongman competition.

His deadlift was particularly impressive.

Bjornsonn lifted an unbelievable 1,026 pounds. Blimey.

"1st place baby!"

"I won the Arnold Strongman Classic 2020! 3 years straight!!! Words can’t describe how happy and grateful I am for the support around me."

"This year's competition was so crazy."

"I was very confident this year that I was going to do well, because I knew that I had put in the work, but I was pushed so hard by the other amazing athletes, especially @kieliszkowskimateusz all the way through to the last event. I am so grateful for the support team I have had working with me for this competition."

Here's a video showing his full performance.

We certainly wouldn't like to be in a fight with him!

And now he's had another incredible achievement.

Because Bjornsson has broken the world deadlift record with a staggering 1,104 lbs.

"I knew I was in great shape, and when you’re trying to train yourself for something big like that, it’s very difficult on the body."

"So I thought of just hosting a show. If we could stream it live, people would love that, they could be excited for something."

Here's the incredible video.

"When things get a lot of attention, there’s always going to be some negativity. People are saying that this needs to be done in a competition – I wish I could do it in a competition, but I can’t control this situation, so I’m trying to do the best I can." Congratulations! Want more from your favorite Game of Thrones stars? Scroll on for Joffrey's latest role ...