Role of Joffrey on ‘Game of Thrones’ drives Jack Gleeson from acting

Jack Gleeson, who plays King Joffrey Baratheon on "Game of Thrones," plans to retire from acting.
Jack Gleeson, who plays King Joffrey Baratheon on “Game of Thrones,” plans to retire from acting.

I guess when a video of you getting slapped in the face goes viral, it rubs a little bit of the glitter off a showbiz career.

Jack Gleeson, who plays the vile adolescent King Joffrey on “Game of Thrones,” says he will probably give up acting after “Game of Thrones” ends (or after Joffrey dies horribly, which, knowing GoT, could happen a lot sooner).

“The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn’t something I gravitate towards,” the Irish Trinity College student (whose real accent is adorable, BTW) said on Dublin’s “Saturday Night Show.” ”It was a recreation beforehand, and when I started doing ‘Game of Thrones’ there was, I wouldn’t say pressure, but perhaps the reality became too real for me.”

What reality? Tumblrs and Tumblrs of hatred dedicated to your own sullen face? Maybe Jack, who seems like a sweet guy in real life, admits that even he gets creeped out by Joffrey.

“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,” Gleeson says. “I would like to try and defend him, but I would have a pretty hard job doing it. I suppose he’s the product of his context and his family. In terms of redeemable qualities, there wouldn’t be many.”


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