I’ve heard from a reliable source that Neil Fingleton, the UK’s tallest man and self-described world’s tallest actor, has auditioned for the role of Gregor in Game of Thrones. The audition occurred a few weeks ago in London, so it is possible that the role may have already been cast by now. At any rate, Fingleton would have to join Conan Stevens on the short list (no pun intended!) of actors tall enough to play Gregor.
Winter Is Coming: In my opinion, Fingleton doesn’t quite fit the role as well as Stevens. Despite his height, he lacks the physical presence that I think Stevens has. That being said, if they wish to stay accurate to Gregor’s height as described in the books, the over 7 1/2 foot tall Fingleton is spot on.
UPDATE: Another interesting find on Twitter, this one courtesy of Paul Gude. Ian Whyte, a 7′ Welsh actor/stunt man, has tweeted, “Tense, nervous wait on audition news, hit all my lines, perfect physically, just waiting. Need a collective, karmic crossing of fingers!” Obviously this could refer to anything, however check out who Whyte recently began following on his Twitter account, Westeros and yours truly. Proof he auditioned for Thrones? No. A strong sign? I think so.