Larger Than life

Champions come and go, but legends never die! The documentary film “Larger Than Life” …the story of Jón Páll Sigmarsson, is a great film about the real Viking of the 20th Century, and one of the greatest sportsmen of all time. Jón Páll was a weightlifter and powerlifter from Iceland, who won the World's Strongest Man Competition four times (1984, 1986, 1988 and 1990).

Jón Páll's life was in some ways a fairy-tale. As a local celebrity, he appeared regularly in the media. The Icelanders liked his public presence to a large extent and enjoyed his popular one-liners. Many of his remarks are still well known in Iceland, and one of those became the title of the Jón Páll documentary, “Þetta er ekkert mál fyrir Jón Pál” ...The meaning would be: “This is no problem for Jón Páll” It happened live on the Icelandic television, at the time Jón Páll was setting a European record in weightlifting.

In a tragic case of irony, he died at the age of 32 (January 16, 1993), while exercising at the gym. He knew he had serious heart problems in his family and was aware of this weakness. He will always be remembered as a peaceful, caring, nice and loving man and one of the greatest strength athletes of all time.

In this film we follow Jon Pall from his childhood to glorious victories, we hear about his lovelife, the illness that finally defeated him, the gossip and accusations of steroid use, his role as a father and finally his last moments in the gym.

About the film

  • Type
  • Length
    110 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Þetta er ekkert mál
  • International Title
    Larger Than life
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • IMDB
  • Website
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Color
  • Sound
    Dolby Stereo SR

Company Credits


  • 2006
    Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards - Award: Nominated for Documentary of the Year.


  • Sena, 2006 - DVD