We are still months away from the season four premiere of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, but the drumbeat of excitement is already starting for the hit fantasy show. One of the most popular characters on the show, the guy we love to hate, is King Joffrey. He reminds me of the great wrestling heels like Ric Flair who viewers hate with a uncontrolled passion, but love seeing every week. Well it turns out that King Joffrey, played by the actor Jack Gleeson, might be too much for the young actor to top.
In an interview with the Independent, Gleeson announced that he’s planning for the Joffrey role to be his only foray into acting.
He said: “It was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing Game of Thrones perhaps the reality was made too real for me.
“The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn’t something I gravitate towards.”
Count that as the first time we’ve ever heard an actor not gravitate towards having their ass kissed. Is Gleeson trying to lessen the hatred viewers throw his way? “Would King Joffrey act this nice” must be his plan. But seriously, it is great to hear from someone on television whose entire life goal isn’t staying on TV. Gleeson told the Independent that a trip to Haiti helped expand his horizon.
Gleeson, who has just returned from a trip to Haiti with aid agency Goal, said he has decided to stop acting professionally when he bows out of his role in the mystical drama.
There a spoiler heavy interview attached to the article, and I warn you to not watch it unless you’ve read book four. It might be better for everyone if Gleeson doesn’t return to acting because after his actions a King Joffrey it would be impossible to see him as anything else. Gleeson as the love interest in a Nicholas Sparks novel wouldn’t play.