With 8 very successful seasons, Game of Thrones is one of the most loved and commented productions in recent years. Everyone in the cast benefited and careers took off because of the series, such as Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Sophie Turner.
With that in mind, it seems crazy that Jack Gleeson, then 21, decided to retire shortly after playing Joffrey Baratheon, one of Cersei Lannister’s (Lena Headey) sons. The character gained fame as a villain in GoT until he was murdered in the 2nd episode of the 4th season.
Ending his career with an iconic scene
Joffrey’s downfall has been overshadowed by fans: the character died of poisoning by Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) on the day of his wedding to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and the scene where he dies in his mother’s womb was considered iconic.
The fact is that the actor exuberantly ended his career, both for his great role and his performance in the final scene, but the life of one of the most hated villains on TV had a negative impact on his life.
Gleeson played the annoying aristocrat from 2011 to 2014 and received many hate letters from people who took fiction for real life during the years the series was on the air, but it wasn’t just for this reason that he decided to stop working in the area.
Why Jack Gleeson Withdrew From TV Shows and Movies
“You should never be the last to leave the party,” the actor said at New York Comic Con in 2016, explaining that he didn’t mind “dying” in Season 4. The comment reflects his attitude when talking about his career in every interview.
Although he didn’t become famous until he landed the role in Game of Thrones, Gleeson’s career started when he was only 8, when acting was something he did for fun; but, as he explained to Time magazine, “If you do something for the money, your relationship changes with it.” On several occasions, Gleeson also noted that he would rather be anonymous than famous.
Although he was “entertaining for a while”, the sheer amount of “boring stuff that comes with making big shots” contributed a lot to the decision to retire at the age of 21.