It’s been six years since the last time we saw one of the most hated characters on television history; none other than the sociopathic boy king, 'Joffrey Baratheon.' The character was so despised; the majority of the fans couldn’t be bothered to comprehend the difference between the character and the actor.
Jack Gleeson played the bratty, prickful, and egoistical young king on 'Game of Thrones' with such brilliance; you would carry the urge to slap him whenever he appeared on the screen. To Gleeson’s credit, he couldn’t have portrayed Joffrey any better. However, he perhaps nailed the role so well. Too well, in fact, that he ended up receiving an uncalled for hate.
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Gleeson last appeared on-screen on season 4, episode 2 of Game of Thrones titled ‘The Lion and the Rose’ back when the show was still elite (and not disgustingly awful like the season 8 finale). As he bit the dust on the show, the actor subsequently decided to retire from acting amidst the insane amount of hate coming his way. Clearly, being too good comes at a cost. Like Thanos would say, “It’s a small price to pay for salvation.”
Don’t be mistaken, though, Gleeson might have quit acting, but he was indeed keeping himself busy these last few years. The 27-year-old began writing in theatres and made occasional appearances on podcasts. And now, he finally feels the time has come to make a comeback.
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Radio Times reported, the actor officially signed to co-star in Sara Pascoe’s 'Out of Her Mind.' As per BBC, the show “aims to subvert the traditional sitcom format by combining eccentric characters, animation, and scientific explanation.” We are clueless what this means, but we’re looking forward to it nonetheless.
Previously, when Gleeson was still cast as one of the lead stars in the HBO drama, the actor talked about his aim to do something completely different once he hangs him up his acting boots for good following the exit from GOT. The actor expressed his desire to transition into the monster of charity, manipulating the world through relentless humanitarianism, unlike his on-screen counterpart. Speaking of which, Gleeson said:
The lifestyle that comes with being an actor in a successful TV show isn’t something I gravitate towards.
The young actor at the time was clearly aware of the crazy amount of typecast roles heading his way. If he did not give up acting back then, there remains little doubt he would end up playing an incredible number of hateful characters.
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Gleeson, however, had something else in mind. Therefore, he thought, it’s best if he used his celebrity status for something good. Building an empire of kindness and ruling it unforgivingly.
The actor appears positive now is the right time to make a comeback to TV, and we honestly cannot wait to see this remarkably talented star on small screens once again.