Jack Gleeson, the 21-year-old actor that plays King Joffrey Baratheon on "Game of Thrones," announced he would be ending his acting career once the show is over. Time Magazine reported Gleeson's decision to stop acting on November 26, 2013.
Jack Gleeson's character, Joffrey Baratheon is so hated that "Game of Thrones" fans can't help but believe that the young actor is just as awful in real life. The young Irish actor was only 17 years old when he auditioned for the role. Jack Gleeson takes a lot of abuse for portraying one of the villains on an extremely popular show.
Gleeson explains his decision to end his acting career,
“It 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.”
Jack Gleeson's plans for the future,
“After Game Of Thrones, I'd be happy to do some amateur plays but I don't think I want to do any more professional acting ... I'd like to be an academic, a philosophy lecturer if possible. I'd do a Masters in Ancient Hebrew maybe, and a PhD hopefully, if I get in.”