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Alexander Skarsgård felt intimidated when facing Hafthor Bjornsson (The Mountain) in The Northman

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Game of Thrones has had a lot of iconic characters over the years, but if we’re speaking in terms of physical strength, The Mountain wins without a doubt. Snapping back to the real world, the actor who plays The MountainHafþór Júlíus Björnsson, is a strongman himself. Bjornsson recently defeated his long time rival Eddie Hall in the World’s Heaviest Boxing match, and has been in the news for quite some time since then. His acting credits now also include The Northman, starring Alexander Skarsgård.

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In the new Viking drama, Skarsgård had to face Thor in a scene, and he was absolutely terrified. Talking to Entertainment Weekly in a recent interview, Skarsgård admitted, “He came out to set when we were shooting a scene, the first time you meet Amleth. Hafþór wasn’t, obviously, working that day, but he came to set just to say hi to everyone. And, yes, I was intimidated.”

“Shaking Hafþór’s hand — I’m 6’ 4’’ — I was like [Skarsgård strains his head to look up], ‘Hi, sir. It’s a pleasure.’ His hand just dwarfed mine.”

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Sayantan is a keen follower of everything pop culture; from films, shows, anime to video games and latest memes. He started writing professionally for Wiki of Thrones during the 2021 lockdown, and has been developing his writing and editing skills ever since. Sayantan has since worked for several reputed firms, such as Collider and FandomWire, gathering experience and nods from some of the best in the industry. With a growing repertoire amassing renowned websites, Sayantan is your go to guy for all things Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon. When he is not hunting for headlines and theories, you can find him engrossed in fantasy shows, conspiracy theories and video games.

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