'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
Jack Gleeson   (Flickr via Wikimedia Commons)

(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."

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foxnewsis1
Nov 29, 2013 3:01 AM CST
Please!
gunther84
Nov 27, 2013 7:35 AM CST
The most hated character in television history, IMO. He played it perfectly.
Ken O'Rourke
Nov 27, 2013 6:20 AM CST
How did you ever get a job as an internet journalist Evann Gastaldo? Why kind of utter idiot puts a massive spoiler of a beloved show in there facebook headline. You complete moron you should be fired from Newser.