Hafthor Bjornsson and Katy Perry Go Head-to-Head in Her New Music Video

In today’s pop music/strongman/basketball/Terry Crews-related news, a brand new music video has been released by one of the bestselling music artists of all time — and it stars one of the strongest men of all time.

Katy Perry’s new video for the sort-of-techno dance tune Swish Swish dropped this morning and while we knew Hafthor Bjornsson was going to be in it, we didn’t know that he was taking a starring role.

The setup is that Katy Perry is captain of a terrible basketball team called The Tigers, populated with short, sweaty, and/or out of shape athletes played by a variety of social media celebrities and coached by Saturday Night Live veteran Molly Shannon.

They have to win a game against the evil team, The Sheep, full of muscular, Monstar-like miscreants captained by none other than a snarling, Lannister-looking Hafthor Bjornsson. Check out the blonde wig, black beard, and prosthetic armpit hair getup they’ve got him sporting.

Image via KatyPerryVEVO on YouTube.

The man better known to the wider public as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane is framed as the ultimate bad guy: obnoxiously talented, indomitably strong, and out for blood. Seemingly made to invite Space Jam analogies, the game appears to be taking place in a universe ruled by cartoon physics: Bjornsson spins two basketballs on the same finger, has midair battles with Perry, and — spoiler alert — is ultimately defeated by Perry’s ability to fly, which she gains after a pep talk from Nicki Minaj.

[Weirdly enough, this is the second strongman music video we’ve written on this week. Take a look at Mikhail Koklyaev’s unusual pop music covers here!]

Before gaining a couple hundred pounds and becoming one of the world’s greatest strongmen, Bjornsson actually used to play professional basketball for his home country of Iceland, so this was actually some pretty appropriate casting and, dare we say it, he probably would beat Katy Perry in a real life basketball game.

Image via KatyPerryVEVO on YouTube.

But I guess we’ll never know for sure.

Featured image via KatyPerryVEVO 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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