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9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life

The Mountain just shattered a thousand-year-old strength record, and he's not the only one finding inspiration from his Westeros alter ego.

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life
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Walk a mile in a Game of Thrones characters' shoes and reality can fade away. It's just a side effect of Westeros immersion. After spending days pretending to command armies and squash rivals, it's no surprise actors find it hard to snap back into regular ol' human mode. We're not judging — in fact, we can't get enough. With Season 5 still weeks away, we take heart in the fact that our beloved Game of Thrones actors are keeping their fantastical alter egos alive out there in the real world. Check out some of our favorite examples!

1. MAISIE WILLIAMS stuck British Airways with the pointy end — of a Twitter rant.

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life
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If you get on Arya Stark's bad side, she'll stick you with her sword, Needle — if you get on Williams' bad side, she'll blast you on Twitter. the spunky starlet unleashed her fury against British Airways to her hundreds of thousands of followers:

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life

She continued: "Just saying if 16-18 yr olds are grown up enough to travel 5,4000 miles around the world, I'm sure we can handle sitting quietly in the damn lounge. And being the beloved and influential actress that she is, the 17-year-old quickly garnered support from fellow famous Brits Ed Sheeran and Kaya Scodelario

2. LENA HEADEY trolled the Internet like a true Lannister.

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life
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Headey had way too much fun dangling spoilers (real and made-up) for the HBO show's fourth season. (Stop reading now if you don't want spoilers!!!) She pressed her fingers into co-star Pedro Pascal's eyes during a photo shoot, effectively foreshadowing how Pascal's character, Oberyn, would die on the show. 

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life

Perhaps worse than that, though, was her "innocent" posting of a stone heart on Instagram. Book readers understandably thought this was hinting at a character's arrival on the show, but Season 4 came and went without a peek. Turns out Headey was trolling us the whole time — such a Cersei thing to do. 

3. HAFÞÓR JÚLÍUS BJÖRNSSON broke a thousand-year-old strength record like it was Nothing.

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life
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No big deal, everyone, but Björnsson, the Icelandic strongman who portrays ferocious Gregor "The Mountain That Rides" Clegane just carried a 1,250 pound log on his back for five steps, shattering a millennium-old record first described in ancient Icelandic sagas. Previously, a regular human named Ormur Stórólfsson attempted this feat, broke his back, and was never the same. Sorry, regular humans — that's what happens when you try something only Mountains are capable of. 

Björnsson went on to win the World's Strongest Viking competition right after hauling that ridiculously big log around.

4. SOPHIE TURNER adopted Sansa's direwolf.

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life
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Sansa Stark has come a long, long way, but back in Season 1, she was a fragile, kind-hearted little lady with dreams of gallant princes and docile adventures. But when her fairy tale fell apart, Turner picked up the narrative. 

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life

The actress adopted Sansa's direwolf (a Mahlek Northern Inuit Dog named Zunni) and got her happily ever after — whle simultaneously portraying Sansa's very un-happily ever after at the hands of Joffrey.

5. EMILIA CLARKE did what queens do and put the kibosh on nude scenes. 

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life
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We first met Daenerys Targaryen in a bathtub, naked — and this began an irregular (though not surprising for HBO) tradition of showing our orphan-turned-Khaleesi-turned-queen in various stages of undress. However, during Season 3, rumors started flying that Clarke had demanded an end to her Game of Thrones nudity.

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life

While this has never been explicity confirmed or denied, Daenerys' last nude scene was back in Season 3, Episode 8. No matter what, we think the Mother of Dragons can wear — or not wear — whatever the hell she wants. She's running the show after all...at least in Essos. 

6. KIT HARINGTON thought he could do his own stunts. 

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life
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You know nothing about acting drunk responsibly, Harington — but we're sure your hordes of fans don't mind. The broodingly handsome actor sometimes gets his own abilities confused with Wall-scaling Jon Snow's abilities, as one does...

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life
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After a late night of drinking, he attempted to climb up to his second-story window to retrieve his keys. You can imagine what happened next. He ended up falling pretty hard and breaking his ankle

7. PETER DINKLAGE defended "cripples, bastards, and broken things."

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life
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We could be wrong, but we're basically operating under the assumption that Tyrion and Dinklage are the exact same person (with a slight different accent, of course). The actor was as lovably self-deprecating and kind as Tyrion as he accepted his Golden Globe for his performance on Game of Thrones and briefly but touchingly lent his support to Martin Henderson, a dwarf who was crippled after being attacked by a rugby player outside a bar. Watch the sweet tribute below!

8. NATALIE DORMER made charity a priority.

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life
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Margaery Tyrell is as much a philanthropist as she is an ambitious (royal) professional, and so is Dormer. The gorgeous actress took a break from stealing scenes on Game of ThronesElementary, and The Hunger Games: Mockinjay to run a marathon in support of Barnardo's. 

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life

Barnardo's is a charity that works to enhance the quality of life for children and young people with disabilities — and you just know the Tyrells would totally approve.

9. NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU enjoyed poking fun at GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE

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"Has anyone ever told you you're as boring as you are ugly?" Coster-Waldau's Jaime Lannister tells his companion/captor Brienne in Season 3. It turns out this kind of playful-ish banter is as normal for Coster-Waldau and Christie as it is for Jaime and Brienne.

9 Times 'Game of Thrones' Actors Acted Like Their Characters in Real Life

Christie gave Vulture the full rundown of their usual exchanges: "He'll come in and say, 'Yeah, I watched Beverly Hills Chihuahua this weekend with my kids. You look like the chihuahua.' I'm like, 'Okay. First of all, morning. Second of all, that's pathetic. Thirdly, what's your problem? It's a complete delight."

Never change, guys. Game of Thrones will return on Sunday, April 12. What are you looking forward to most?

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