Game of Thrones Villain King Joffrey Is Over Acting

It's not easy being mean

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Actor Jack Gleeson, who plays the murderous villain King Joffrey in HBO’s Games of Thrones, has said he’s almost through with acting. In an interview with the Irish Independent the 21-year-old Irish actor said, “[Acting] 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.”

Gleeson, who was just 17 when he auditioned for the role of the evil royal in the television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s best-selling books, said he plans to spend more time helping charities in Haiti, where he recently visited in an effort to help impoverished communities. Which is about as un-Joffrey as he could get. “I would like to try and defend him, but I would have a pretty hard job doing it,” Gleeson said, when asked about his despicable character. “In terms of redeemable qualities, there wouldn’t be many.”

[Irish Independent]