We stay in an age of moviemaking the place absolutely anything is feasible with visible results, however there are nonetheless some issues that no quantity of film magic can pretend, together with the sheer measurement of Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, the actor who performed the Mountain on Game of Thrones and the world’s strongest man. Björnsson made an enormous impression throughout his time on Thrones, which helped launch his appearing profession.
Björnsson’s newest is The Northman, a Viking revenge film from The Witch director Robert Eggers. The film stars Alexander Skarsgård as Prince Amleth. When Amleth’s father (Ethan Hawke) is murdered and his mom (Nicole Kidman) is captured, Amleth flees, aspiring to at some point return and set issues to rights. He passes himself off as a slave with the intention to keep underneath the radar, which is the place he meets one other slave performed by Björnsson.
Alexander Skarsgård recollects the intimidation of filming with Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
According to Skarsgård, it was fairly intimidating to movie a battle scene with Björnsson. We’ve all seen what occurred to Oberyn Martell, in order that’s fairly straightforward to think about.
“[Björnsson] 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,” Skarsgård advised Entertainment Weekly. “Shaking Hafþór’s hand — I’m 6′ 4” — I used to be like [Skarsgård strains his head to look up], ‘Hi, sir. It’s a pleasure.’ His hand simply dwarfed mine.”
He tried to go straightforward on me, however he nonetheless has to faucet me calmly and I simply went flying. I used to be undoubtedly fairly sore after that week of filming. You don’t wish to battle the strongest man on the planet.
Björnsson, for the file, is 6’9” and weighs over 300 lbs. So yeah, even tiny little faucets from that man may find yourself feeling like a hammer blow.
Nonetheless, the heavyweight is a consummate skilled. Director Robert Eggers confirmed that Björnsson was a person of few phrases however was dedicated to getting his scenes down properly. “We’d do a take, and he would be like, ‘Are you happy with Hafþór?’ I’m like, ‘Yes. Yes, it’s great.’ ”
Filming on The Northman was “borderline insane”
Facing off towards Björnsson wasn’t the one difficult facet of filming The Northman. Skarsgård mirrored on a raid scene the place dozens of additional and animals had been all working across the set to simulate the chaos. “It’s an undertaking that is almost borderline insane,” the actor mentioned, “but I also really thrive on that, the madness of that and the possibility of shooting a big action scene like that in a way that could potentially feel more immersive than all the other action movies.”
The Northman is out now in theaters.
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