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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: RidiculouslyExtraordinary. Posted by Ryan Neal
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Jack Gleeson

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Famous For:
Batman Begins, A Shine of Rainbows, Shrooms
Networth:
$6 Million
Currently Known For:
Game of Thrones
Famous Years:
2003 - Present
Birthdate:
May 20, 1992
Jack Gleeson


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  Famous For:
Batman Begins, A Shine of Rainbows, Shrooms

  Networth:
$6 Million

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The worst form of reaction that a character can get in film or television is that of indifference. Actors would rather have you hate them personally because of how well they performed a villainous character than to not really care at all. One actor that was able to perfectly encapsulate the hateable character in his career is Jack Gleeson (not to be confused with “Honeymooners” actor Jackie Gleason), who played the role of Joffrey Baratheon in the hit series “Game of Thrones”. Though it’s been several years since his character was part of the series, he accounted for some of the most memorable moments in “Game of Thrones” history as a standout character.Advertisements:


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Gleeson always had a desire to become an actor, dating back to his early days in Ireland. Gleeson was born on May 20, 1992 in Cork, though was raised for the most part in Dublin. At just a few years old, Gleeson had been training in drama classes and was appearing in several productions as a star student. It was clear that Gleeson had a talent, and casting agents were willing to put the youngster on screen.

With that, Gleeson made his on-screen appearance at just 10 years old in the blockbuster film “Reign of Fire” starring Matthew McConaughey. Though it was an uncredited cameo, it was quite the way to get a start. Over the course of the next couple of years, Gleeson starred in a series of short films before heading back to major features. In 2005, Gleeson had a small role in the first Christian Bale movie of the “Batman” series with “Batman Begins”. This was then followed up for Gleeson with roles in “Shrooms”, “A Shine of Rainbows” and “All Good Children”. He continued his career on stage, but then had a massive breakout role just around the corner.

That breakout came when Gleeson was cast as Joffrey Baratheon, the oldest of Cersei Lannister’s children and the heir apparent to the Iron Throne. The snide Joffrey was an evil and spoiled character that deserved whatever comeuppance was coming his way. The true cementing of evilness that the character had came in the first season, when main character Ned Stark was ordered by Joffrey to be executed. He became the villain that every “Game of Thrones” fan loved to hate, but it wasn’t a character that Gleeson wanted to play forever.

Gleeson said that once his time with Joffrey had ended that he wanted to step away from acting and go back to finish school. There was still more work to be done on the series, however. Joffrey made it to the fourth season when his spoiled nature is put on display when he has a play set up depicting all of the kings as dwarves. Joffrey is then poisoned by Olenna Tyrell and Petyr Baelish in one of the series’ most memorable scenes. For many fans, it’s the top scene that the show has had to offer to this point.

You might think that a role like Gleeson’s on “Game of Thrones” would help to establish him as a star on screen, but he really hasn’t had the desire to become a big star, instead spending much of his life away from the cameras. Since playing Joffrey, Gleeson hasn’t had a single role in either film or television. Instead, he returned to theater, working with the Collapsing Horse production company. Since “Game of Thrones” started, Gleeson has been part of several productions that includes the long running “Bears in Space”, as well as “The Water Orchard” and “Human Child”.

Gleeson describes himself as being retired from the screen, but at just 26 years old you certainly can’t rule out a return. It might be hard to match a character as memorable as Joffrey, and Gleeson talked about the moments where he played the prince. “I don’t know if there’s a scene where I did my best work, but the final scene I appear in is when Joffrey’s corpse is lying on a plinth in the set and I just got to sleep for the whole day,” he said.

In his eyes, though, Gleeson doesn’t think he’s all that talented, which many people would disagree with. “Thankfully, I’m not a good enough actor to believe the things that my character believes,” he said. “When you go on a set, you realize the very visceral reality that you see on the TV show is a product of a huge amount of processing and editing and storytelling that is not present at all on the day of filming...If you’re a really good actor, you can completely believe what you’re doing in those three minutes, but one is oneself for 99.9 percent of the day of filming. So for that .01 percent, you’re this other character. Anyway, I just kind of say the lines in a mean way. I don’t really get into emotions too much.”

For now, though, Gleeson says to not expect him in a major production like you’d see in “Game of Thrones”. “I’m in a small theater company. We produce, write and perform our own work,” he said. “I prefer that kind of thing, collaborating with friends, than acting in a blockbuster. I could change my mind in a year, or a day...My whole life I wanted to be a big famous successful actor. I suppose something just changed. I still love acting and I see myself acting in the future, but that kind of spark is not there anymore, and I don’t know why.’

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