'King Joffrey': I'm Quitting Acting After Game of Thrones

Jack Gleeson says the lifestyle's not for him

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 26, 2013 9:14 AM CST

(Newser) – Spoiler alert: You won't be seeing much of Jack Gleeson after he inevitably gets killed off on Game of Thrones. The actor, who plays the much-detested character King Joffrey Baratheon, says he's just not into the celebrity lifestyle, the Irish Independent reports. Acting "was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing Game of Thrones perhaps the reality was made too real for me," the 21-year-old says. "The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn't something I gravitate towards."

He also says he doesn't usually watch clips of himself on the show, calling it "bizarre" when he sees himself on the screen. "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," he explains. "I would like to try and defend [Joffrey], 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."

Jack Gleeson
Jack Gleeson   (Flickr via Wikimedia Commons)
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