We’re about a few months away still from the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones but already we have drama that could effect the show and the future of one it’s young stars. Jack Gleeson, who plays the villainous King Joffrey on the hit HBO show, recently spoke about his acting future and stated that the may not want to continue it.
“[Acting] was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing ‘Game of Thrones’ perhaps the reality was made too real for me,” Gleeson said, via Ireland’s Independent. ”The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn’t something I gravitate towards.”
Now, Gleeson wouldn’t be the only reluctant celebrity to have every existed in the realm of entertainment, but you have to respect him for being cognizant of the world he lives in at such a young age. Gleeson got his start as a child actor, snagging small bit parts in films like Batman Begins — in which he plays the young boy Batman gives a gadget to on the balcony and then accompanies Katie Holmes though The Narrows — but he broke through at age 17 when he won the role of King Joffrey in 2010.
Since the, Game of Thrones has exploded in popularity and become on of the most watched shows in television history. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a kid in his early twenties but if it’s Gleeson’s desire to retire when the show is over, that’s something we have to accept.
But at the young age Gleeson is at, it’s hard to believe he’d walk away from acting forever. We’ve seen young stars step away from the acting game to further their “normal” lives and then return in their thirties. The most notable and recent case of this was Joseph Gordon-Levitt who starred on 3rd Rock From the Sun, walked away from acting and is back in big bad way.
The same might be in store for Gleeson but for the time being, he’s still King Joffrey and it’s still okay to hate him even if he’s apparently a darling in real life.