One of the strongest men on Earth, Hafthor Bjornsson, is continuing his domination of pop culture with a cameo appearance in the latest music video from Katy Perry.
The video for Perry’s new single “Swish Swish” doesn’t drop until tomorrow, but she just released a teaser trailer that reveals a pretty amazing variety of actors.
First up, of course, is Hafthor Bjornsson. He came second in this year’s World’s Strongest Man contest but he’s perhaps best known to the wider public as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and indeed that’s how he’s introduced in the clip below. But he’s joined by a curiously blonde Terry Crews, Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon, Stranger Things actor Gaten Matarazzo, and real life NBA announcer Bill Walton and sports journalist Rich Eisen.
You can watch the trailer below.
Is it just us, or does Bjornsson look kind of like a reverse Tyrion Lannister here — blonde hair, dark beard, but 6 foot 9 inches tall?
[Bjornsson has been doing a lot of acting lately — check him out as an evil kickboxer in the latest Van Damme movie!]
It’s actually fitting that the Icelandic strongman is playing a captain of a basketball team in the video, as for a time he was actually a professional basketball player. During his teenage years, he played over forty games for Icelandic junior national basketball teams, including a stint in Division A of the Under 18 European Championship. However, he missed most of the 2006-2007 season (when he was around 18) because he required multiple surgeries on his ankle — he played ten games without realizing it was broken.
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The ankle ultimately forced his retirement from the sport at age 20, and not long afterward Magnus Ver Magnusson convinced him to give strongman a try. The move worked out pretty well for him.
Featured image via Katy Perry on YouTube.