Jack Gleeson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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On Game of Thrones, Jack Gleeson played King Joffrey, who was just poisoned on the last episode.

Now that his role in the popular show has ended, there is talk of what awaits the talented Irish native.

He shocked Hollywood after announcing his plans for an early retirement.

Here what you need to know about the 21-year-old who played a notorious character who fans loved to hate.


1. He Says He Doesn’t Want to Be an Actor Anymore

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From left, Emilia Clarke, Richard Plepler, Peter Dinklage, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Lena Headey, Gleeson and Michael Lombardo. (Getty)

Although he’s seemingly at the start of a bright future in Hollywood, he admitted he isn’t as into acting as he once was:

I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to. And now there’s the prospect of doing it for a living, whereas up until now it was always something I did for recreation with my friends, or in the summer for some fun. I enjoyed it. When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it, it’s just not what I want to do.

He is also willing to forgo an actor’s salary for a more fulfilling career.

The Independent quoted him with saying:

I’m happy to sacrifice a big pay cheque for my happiness, if that’s not too corny a thing to say. It’s probably more naive than mature to say that, maybe, but that’s how I feel.


2. He Attends College in Dublin


Leaving Game of Thrones | Jack GleesonJack Gleeson, best know for playing Joffrey Baratheon in Game of Thrones speaks at the Oxford Union. SUBSCRIBE for more speakers ► is.gd/OxfordUnion Jack Gleeson talks about his role as Joffery Baratheon in Game of Thrones but goes on to talk about his dislike for the 'celebrity culture' that comes with the fame of acting…2014-01-15T10:30:31.000Z

In the above video, he was invited to speak at the Oxford Union, the world’s most famous debating society at Oxford University.

The young actor got a scholarship to the prestigious university, Trinity College. He studies philosophy and theology there, and has abandoned his original idea of becoming an academic.

He expressed his change of course to Entertainment Magazine, saying, ” Yeah, I wanted to be an academic when I was 19 or 20. But, I’ve gone off that idea. The lifestyle is kind of lonely and isolated. I don’t think that would suit me.”

3. His Resume Now Includes a Dramatic Death Scene


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In the second episode of Season 4, shown above, Joffrey was poisoned.

He told Entertainment Weekly about filming the scene:

It’s relieving, in a way. You want to do the scene and character justice. It’s a complicated scene; I’ve never had a death on screen before. You want it to look believable — the choking and the coughing.

In a sense, his character’s death will be a relief to the show’s creators.

His bosses felt that because he was so hated on the show — a testament to his acting talent — he would get into trouble off screen.

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David Benioff, one of the creators of the show, said, “We’re always worried about him.”


4. He Was Originally Supposed to Be Cast as Joffrey’s Double


The show’s creators, Benioff and D.B. Weiss, talked about their discovery at a press conference.

Benioff said:

When it came time for the audition, it was like he flipped a switch and he became the most despicable teenager on the planet.


5. He’s Been Acting Since Age 8


Joffrey in Batman Begins!!Is this John Blake from The Dark Knight Rises?? The scenes in Batman Begins (2005) that feature a familiar kid. only recognised him as Jack Gleeson aka Joffrey Baratheon from game of thrones when i re-watched begins. I was actually laughing pretty hard when he got face palmed. classic2012-07-10T07:00:21.000Z

He had a role in Batman Begins in 2005. The above video shows his scene with the Caped Crusader, played by Christian Bale.