Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey Baratheon in Season 2 Episode 9 of "Game of Thrones" entitled "Blackwater." Photo Credit: HBO

King Joffrey is One and Done with Acting

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.

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  • Ken Lord

    That still isn’t one and done, considering he has been in other stuff before GoT.

    • Jonah Bevilacqua

      I think he meant as something he was recognizable for. As far as I can remember nothing-else (other then his GoT run) made him “famous”.

  • David Gene Lewis

    He has been in other films. he is not at all one and done, do a bit of research.

    • AlanMorlock

      I’ve always found it entertaining that he was in Batman Begins.

  • Drew

    He nails that character so well. Maybe he gets hatred from people who cant separate the actor from the character. That used to be more common back when audiences were a touch more naive, but it still happens today. It’s like when you have a dream about someone you know doing something horrible and you wake up disliking that person even though you know better. Hopefully he doesn’t quit. He’s got a couple more seasons of GoT before he’s done there. I’m sure he’ll change after that. Being an actor making good money is a way to give to charity after all

  • Such heroic nonsense

    We’ll see who speaks louder; him or his wallet…………..

  • Pizza the Hut

    He was in Batman Begins duh

  • Who?

    I suppose the article’s author hasn’t read the books, because the spoiler comes in book 3

    • Tim Smedinga

      You do know that originally, book 3 was published in two halves before being merged again, right? By that count, the spoiler is definitely in book 4.

      • Valonqar

        A Storm Of Swords was most definitely released as a single novel. though the paperback release was split into two volumes in most territories, that doesn’t not make the second part ‘book 4′.

        • adameb

          Absolutely correct here; SoS was a one shot. Readers prior to the show
          were subjected to years of wait after SoS only to have GRRM decide to
          split book 4 as he was still not done (too busy attending conventions,
          writing other books, travelling, watching football), with half the
          characters appearing in each. FfC was then released with DoD promised
          to be right around the corner, but released years later.

  • Cassidy S.

    It would have been hard to shake off Joffrey Baratheon anyways….. what role could he possibly have taken that would make us forget all about that evil little prat?

  • Antrozous

    Batman finally caught up with you uh?

    • 1The_lost_Romney1


    • Azrael Valedhel

      I laughed so hard! :D

    • Micah 李 文 Jung

      How does he get to be evil but we get the bale rant and he still gets parts? I dont care how many roles he takes! I will kick your fucking ass you fucking PRICK! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0auwpvAU2YA

      • Michael Bren

        Old news and Bale was entirely justified.

        From TheWrap…

        Speaking on condition of anonymity, set workers said that Bale, who plays the lead character John Connor in the $200 million-budget movie, was an uncommonly quiet actor and that on the day of his outburst he had been in the midst of an emotional scene
        with Bryce Howard.

        It was a blazing hot day in the middle of the summer. Bale had just
        returned from a grueling press tour to promote “The Dark Knight.” And
        he’d had run-ins with Shane Hurlbut before.

        The two actors were shooting a very quiet, emotional scene. Hundreds of set
        workers had cleared out of the way to allow Bale and Howard to get into
        character, when Hurlbut came into the actor’s view repeatedly.

        “It was a very emotional scene,” said one set worker, who could not speak
        for attribution because she signed a confidentiality agreement. “We
        cleared everyone out of their sight-line and Shane was the only one
        there. And he was wandering back and forth between Bryce and Christian’s

        “It was justified. It was warranted,” said another set worker of the
        outburst, who also would not speak for attribution. “For him to be
        broken out of that scene at that moment was really really frustrating.
        In a way it’s disrespectful.”

        The set workers said Hurlbut was not popular on the set, and few who were present that day felt any animosity toward Bale.

        “On our show, (Bale) was very mild-mannered, very quiet,” said the first
        set worker. “I only heard him get upset twice, and both times was at
        Shane.” Many of the crew from “Terminator IV” are working together on another movie
        in Albequerque, New Mexico, and were dismayed to learn of the wave of
        disapproval coming toward Bale.

  • Art R

    Spoilers would be for Season 4 not Book 4. The events in in question are in the last part of book 3.

  • Ric Babel

    For everyone saying that this isn’t one and done, the story acknowledges that. Gleeson says that anything he did before was “recreational” and it is the fame from GOT that has turned him off.

  • rob247

    Joffrey transforms into a dragon and burns down King’s Landing. Doesn’t everyone know this already?

  • FinalDodo

    Bullshit. He was already the little scared kid in the first Batman movie! Caught you, Joffrey! You lying bastard!

  • Andrew Keane

    He’s seen a lot in Dublin where he goes to college and people generally see him as a very nice guy and leave him be. It’s not certain that he’s leaving acting for definite. He said in another interview that he’d fallen out of love with the process, but wasn’t sure yet what direction he’ll take after Game of Thrones. I personally think he should just take a break when he’s finished with it, then come back when he’s ready. He’s too good an actor to leave it completely. There are plenty of actors that start young and end up taking a break to do college, get themselves grounded and come back to acting.

  • Adam Brandt Cosgrove

    This is Jack Gleeson explaining why this, while well informing, after hearing Jack’s personal words, the article is undoubtly slanting. http://www.upworthy.com/an-actor-who-got-super-famous-overnight-has-some-profound-thoughts-on-celebrity-worship

  • michael kelley

    I saw a Q&A with Gleeson at some College (it’s on YouTube) and he gives a brilliant speech about celebrity culture and how it’s completely shallow, commercialized and useless to society. This young man has realized at a very early age that there’s more to life than being famous. I hope this rejection spreads across the youth of the world. The information generation-where everyone is famous for nothing, looking at you Kardashians-may be humanity’s best shot at changing the world from a corporate owned plutocracy to a truly democratic and sustainable society. I applaud this young man for bucking the trend of “branding” yourself to sell to the world. These days people seek to achieve the transition from individual human being to a brand for sale, which to me represents the wholesale commercialization of humanity: you’re nothing unless people pay to see you. It dehumanizes suffering and placates the masses by giving them entertainment and also something to strive for, something that in the end may benefit a few individuals but ultimately benefits the system of oppression and control for profit of multinational corporations and billionaires.

    • Micah 李 文 Jung

      well when are the real down to earth people going to say I am the heros? its the celebrities not the firefighters police nurses Docters who will ever be famous but they are the ones saving lives

  • Micah 李 文 Jung

    well his an actor so! he needs to change his appearance before people see him as a different character

  • Grendal Sven

    “King Joffrey is one and done with acting.”

    The fact that you referred to him by the name of the role he plays instead of his real name in the title of the article kind of says it all, don’t it?

  • Real Rick Grimes

    What a shame, kid is a talented actor, I don’t think I’ve ever hated a TV character so much in my life.