Jack Gleeson to Quit Acting After ‘Game of Thrones’
Everybody wanted Joffrey Baratheon gone, and now it looks like Game of Thrones fans will be getting their wish. Well, eventually.
Jack Gleeson, the 21-year-old Irish actor who plays the hated villain, has declared that once Game of Thrones comes to an end, he’ll be quitting the acting business altogether. Yet it’s not for the reasons you might think. As Gleeson explains, acting was never really seriously meant to be a career. In fact, the actor, who plays a tyrant in a fantasy world, is actually far more interested in humanitarian pursuits in this world.
“I’d been looking to use the celebrity I’ve got from the show to bring awareness for causes [aid agency] Goal supports,” Gleeson 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 recently spent time in Haiti looking at projects to help the impoverished — which he’s apparently doing out of the goodness of his heart, and not out of a need to spend the rest of his life atoning for Joffrey’s villainy. Never thought I’d say so, but the world needs more Joffreys.
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