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Former Tar Heels basketball player played a giant on ‘Game of Thrones’ (pic)


Neil Fingleton has gone on from an injury-plagued college basketball career with the North Carolina Tar Heels and Holy Cross Crusaders to become something of a bit player in the acting world.

Fingleton graduated from Holy Cross in 2004 after transferring to the school in 2002 before embarking on a professional basketball career that saw him playing in the ABA as well as the pro leagues in Spain and England.

Here’s what Fingleton looked like as a player:


The 33-year-old native of England is using his remarkable height — 7-foot-6 — to land roles in films such as “X-Men: First Class” and “47 Ronin.”

But perhaps his biggest role to date — literally and figuratively — was his appearance as one of the giants from beyond the Wall in last Sunday’s “Game of Thrones” episode, “The Watchers on the Wall.”

Pretty awesome. Both the episode itself — no spoilers here, I promise — and the fact that the giant was portrayed by a former basketball player.  A pretty good gig if you can get it. Just don’t try telling a giant anything about that in the Common Tongue. They speak the Old Tongue of the First Men. Duh.

[H/T Pro Basketball Talk]