Joffrey on ‘Game of Thrones’ to Quit Acting, Be a Humanitarian

Joffrey on 'Game of Thrones' to Quit Acting, Be a Humanitarian

The actor is much kinder than his character: He just went to Haiti with international humanitarian agency GOAL

“Game of Thrones” star Jack Gleeson may leave acting when he's done playing the sadistic Joffrey Baratheon — perhaps to focus on his charity work.

Gleeson, 21, auditioned for “GoT” at 17, and sounds as if he has not enjoyed the attention he has received since.

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“It was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing ‘Game of Thrones' perhaps the reality was made too real for me,” Gleeson told Ireland's Independent. ”The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn't something I gravitate towards.”

He said that since studying philosophy at Trinity College, working with  the relief agency Goal and working with his theater company, “I've kind of just re-evaluated what I want to do.”

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He recently went with Goal to Haiti, where the 2010 earthquake killed 230,000 people and left 1.5 million homeless. His uncle worked with the charity in the 1980s.

“It was inspiring to see the improvements being made in Haiti, to see the motivation of the people to improve the quality of life,” Gleeson said. “People are eager to get on with their lives and be resilient.”

“I'd been looking to use the celebrity I've got from the show to bring awareness for causes Goal supports,” Gleeson added.

  • Fleabottom peasant

    Feed us, your grace, we're starvin'!

  • Guest

    He's fantastic in that part !!!!!! He's be great in others …. WHAT A SHAME HE'S QUITTING !!!!

  • Guest

    He's fantastic in that part !!!!!! He'D be great in others …. WHAT A SHAME HE'S QUITTING !!!!

  • TheOldtimer1947 .

    He's fantastic in that part !!!!!! He'd be great in others …. WHAT A SHAME HE'S QUITTING !!!!

  • David Abernathy

    Please don't quit Jack! You're really good! We know you're not like that in real life :)
    You would be brilliant as Calligula.

    • Alex Ellison

      I just saw Caligula a couple of months ago and was thinking he and Joffrey would be the best of buddies. *lmao*

  • Jo

    Is this some form of atonement for playing the most sadistic little shite on TV since ever? I hope he doesn't quit as he's a v talented actor, but it's nice that he'd give it up to do something like this.

  • aceskull

    well his character does die later on so…

    • makomeone

      Spoiler alert!!!!!

  • milleroathbreaker

    So he is going to die very soon at his wedding by poison. Tyrian gets blamed and it will be for sure this season so he wont be in the show anymore. He will be free to do what he wants then. Oops! I shouldn't have posted that. :/