Probably sick of being called a hateful twerp by strangers, actor Jack Gleeson –best known as hateful twerp King Joffrey on Game of Thrones– has told Ireland’s Independent of his plans to retire from acting after his time on HBO show is done.
The 21 year-old actor currently balancing his responsibilities on the show with a philosophy degree at Dublin’s Trinity College. 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.”
He did not, however, mention if this decision was in any way formed by the frosty reception he receives anytime he tries to chat up ladies who have seen him on the telly and assume he’s a sadistic little monster in real life. Which he is not, from what we’ve heard.
In the interview, Gleeson is described as having returned from a trip to Haiti with the charity Goal. “I’d been looking to use the celebrity I’ve got from the show to bring awareness for causes Goal supports,” he said. “I had the connection with the organisation through my uncle, Tim Gleeson, and he worked with Goal in the 1980s.”
While his is the most hated character on the show, millions of fans around the world recognise and respect his ability to pull off such a hateful character with aplomb. In tribute to his performance as Joffrey, here’s a GIF of him getting beaten about the face:
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