The Mountain comes to Armageddon

Last updated 15:05 20/04/2012
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LET'S DO THIS: Conan Stevens and 6-year-old Jose Gomes face off.
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STAUNCH: Conan Stevens as Gregor Clegane in Game of Thrones.

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Great hulking actor Conan Stevens has carved out a niche for himself as a "big bad white guy" in movies like the Hobbit and the TV shows Game of Thrones and Spartacus.

The Australian actor who spans more than 2m in height will feature at this weekend's Armageddon Expo at the TSB Bank Arena.

Most recently, he played Gregore Clegane - also known as The Mountain - in the first season of the fantasy series Game of Thrones and will be seen in the soon-to-be-released The Hobbit movies as Azog.

In the Game of Thrones series, he was pictured jousting and chopping his horse's head off in rage after he is unseated.

Dreaming of becoming an action star like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Stevens packed on 70kg and started approaching production companies for auditions.

He has spent the last seven years working in Asia playing the ''big bad white guy''.

Prior to that he has been a professional pro-wrestler and has worked with the Sydney Dance Company.

His work was all about choreography, whether it be in the wrestling ring or on camera with a sword, he said.

''I've built a career on being big. I'm the number one big guy.

''I focus on my size and I'm working on the rest of my skill sets. I'm not the best actor in the world, some people are happy to point that out. But I'm the only guy I know with a whole-rounded skill set for the movies I do.''

Armageggon organiser Bill Geradts said the entertainment expo was a chance for fans to meet their heroes and talk to them personally.

''There are so many people out there that really love the fantasy world. It's got bigger and bigger each year.''

Armageddon will feature comics, Anime, paintball, television celebrities and movie stars, comic and voice artists and interactive gaming stands.

Twihards will get the chance to meet wolf pack duo Tinsel Korey and Bronson Pelletier, and fans of Stargate Universe can talk to Julie McNiven, also from Supernatural and Mad Men.

The Almighty Johnsons stars Emmett Skilton, Dean O'Gorman, Jared Turner, Ben Barrington will also be at the expo.

Other events will include a Twilight Fear Factor eating competition, and Cosplay parades and games.

From it's inception in 1995, the Armageddon Expo has grown to become the largest fantasy event in Australasia.

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''We see trends come and go, but with ongoing rise of festivals like ours, being considered a geek is now more acceptable than ever. It's even considered to be pretty mainstream and cool,'' Mr Geradts said.

Armageddon runs tomorrow and Sunday from 10am until 6pm at the TSB Bank Arena.

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