Game of Thrones is the kind of show that could launch a career, but for one actor, it's the end of the road. Here's why.
At 21, Jack Gleeson has a few roles under his belt, but nothing as huge as Joffrey Baratheon. Considering the popularity of Game of Thrones (and the fact that Gleeson plays the current ruler of the Seven Kingdoms), you'd probably assume that Gleeson is at the start of a long acting career.
But that's not the plan.
According to Gleeson, once Game of Thrones ends (or Joffrey bites the big one, whichever comes first) he will bow out of acting entirely. Why? According to Gleeson, acting was his end game.
“[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 went with relief agency, Goal, to Haiti recently. You might recall that Haiti suffered untold destruction as the result of an intense earthquake in 2010. And while the rest of the world may have moved on, Haiti is still in need. That's where Gleeson is hoping to come in.
"I’d been looking to use the celebrity I’ve got from the show to bring awareness for causes Goal supports."
While we certainly think Gleeson has breathed incredible life into the oft-villainous Joffrey, it's hard to argue with such a humitarian intention. Besides, if Game of Thrones is the end of his acting career, we'd say Gleeson is going out on a high.