Behind the Scenes: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s June 2015 Cover Shoot

“I feel very lucky” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says at his Men’s Fitness cover shoot. Any why wouldn’t he? As the king-slaying, sword-fighting Jaime Lannister, Coster-Waldau stars in HBO’s megahit, Game of Thrones, now in its fifth season. But on this particular day in January, the 44-year-old Danish actor just seems grateful that winter is not coming, for a change. “What’s not to enjoy…I’m from Europe, and I’m in California, where the sun is shining. It’s just gorgeous.” On set, Coster-Waldau reveals his favorite cheat food (“chocolate”), his favorite workout move (“pullups…I like exercises where you can get everything done quickly”), and his least favorite move (“burpees are great, but they just kill you”). Watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes video, where the June cover guy shares the most physically demanding scene he’s shot (so far) on GoT, his personal style, and the most game-changing “advice” he’s ever gotten.

For the complete cover story, pick up the June 2015 issue of Men’s Fitness on newsstands Monday, May 25, or download here from iTunes. You can read a preview from our “Portrait of a Rogue” now on

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