Ha..." />“Game Of Thrones” Star Hafthor Björnsson (“The Mountain”) To Host New Competition TV Series – The Hype Magazine

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Published on May 12th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


“Game Of Thrones” Star Hafthor Björnsson (“The Mountain”) To Host New Competition TV Series

Until recently, Hafthor Björnsson was best known for playing Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on iconic series Game Of Thrones. The 6’9, 450-pound weightlifter from Iceland is the new deadlift world record holder — with an unprecedented deadlift of 1,104.52 pounds on May 2, 2020 — and is also looking to expanding his entertainment prowess via a newly-announced television series.

Thor “The Mountain” Björnsson is teaming with Wheelhouse Entertainment’s Spoke Studios for a new competition series that challenges top athletes to fight it out in unique bouts of strength and endurance, all with the ultimate goal of completing against Thor to “Beat The Mountain.”

Said Eric Wattenberg, Wheelhouse Group’s Chief Creative Officer and also President of Wheelhouse Entertainment: “Thor’s incredible deadlift last weekend made news around the world and rallied millions to share in a stunning athletic achievement. While he’s definitely one of a kind, we see this show as inspiration for anyone that wants to push boundaries or cheer on those who do. No doubt Thor is built to move mountains, but he’s also a disciplined team player and a super-nice guy. We’re excited to partner with him on this new series and to see his fanbase expand.”

Thor Björnsson — who yours truly interviewed previously for the Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz podcast — is altogether a multiple world record holder and was winner of 2018 World’s Strongest Man and the 2018 and 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic. Born in 1988 in Akranes, Iceland, he started his athletic career playing with several Division 1 teams in the Icelandic Baskeball League System, even playing for the Icelandic National Team in 2006. He can be followed online by visiting www.hafthorbjornsson.com and/or www.instagram.com/thorbjornsson.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World, TheStreet.com, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly PureGrainAudio.com). He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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