Here’s a Preview of Hafthor Bjornsson in Katy Perry’s New Music Video

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.

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.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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