Winter (and turkeys and holidays) may be coming, according to House Stark, but that doesn't stop Game of Thrones fans from longing for spring, when season 4 premieres on HBO! Hating on King Joffrey, rooting for Daenerys, laughing at Tyrion, lusting over Jon Snow, we are all definitely going through some major, painful withdrawal. So we'll take in any GoT news we can ... like recently, when the young actor who plays King Joffrey, 21-year-old Jack Gleeson, came out with some surprising news.
Gleeson said he may want to quit acting after Game of Thrones!! Blowing everyone's minds who has ever watched the show, he decided he'd like to do more charity work rather than become immersed in riches and fame.
King Joffrey! Charity work! What the ... ?? Guess we'll all have to clean up all those piles of poop we were hoping to throw at him whenever he walks by.
In an interview, he says that acting "was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing Game of Thrones perhaps the reality was made too real for me." He also adds, "The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn't something I gravitate towards."
It's hard to imagine that bratty, infuriating, sadistic King Joffrey, who's the epitome of evil on a show filled with tons of other evil characters, could ever be this eloquent and sensible. Just goes to show what an amazing actor Gleeson is, and it's kind of a shame if he quits, as we'd miss out on him embodying some fantastic roles. He doesn't even enjoy watching his own performances. "It's bizarre when you see clips ... You tend to abstract yourself from the creepiness of it when you're playing it, but when you see it on television it sends shivers down my spine." Even he is freaked out by his own creepy take on King Joff!
This seemingly down-to-earth dude is studying philosophy and theology at Trinity and wants to re-evaluate where he's going with his life after the show. He auditioned for the role of Joffrey when he was just 17 and was thrust to the spotlight after becoming one of the most unlikable characters on TV. In real life, he appears to be the exact opposite of the king-born-of-incest he portrays, and if he wants to live a more anonymous life, more power to him.
Reading all this kind of takes away my desire to do this to him:
Could knowing more about Gleeson and his humanitarian efforts make me warm up to Joffrey in season 4? Highly doubt it, but it's good to know that the guy playing him has such a good head on his shoulders (though it might not be on there for long, this is Game of Thrones, after all).
Though readers of A Storm of Swords know what might be coming for Joffrey (hello Purple Wedding!) and simply can't wait to see it play out! It's certainly going to be one incredible season of television.
Can you believe that Jack Gleeson is actually such a likable guy in real life?
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