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‘Game of Thrones’ Actor to Quit Hollywood Following Humanitarian Trip

BY RELEVANT CULTURE November 26, 2013

Actor Jack Gleeson—best known for his role as the psychotic villain Joffrey Baratheon on the HBO series Game of Thrones—says that when he’s done with the show, he may be done with Hollywood altogether. Instead, he wants to focus on helping others. The 21-year-old, who auditioned for the violent fantasy adaptation when he was just 17, told Ireland’s Independent newspaper, “It was always a recreation beforehand, but when I started doing Game of Thrones perhaps the reality was made too real for me.” He said he doesn’t like watching his character on TV because “you tend to abstract yourself from the creepiness of it when you’re playing it, but when you see it on television it sends shivers down my spine. After studying philosophy and theology at Trinity College and going to Haiti to help the poor, Gleeson said, “I’ve kind of just re-evaluated what I want to do.” The actor recently went to Haiti with the organization Goal to help residents still recovering from the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. He said, “I’d been looking to use the celebrity I’ve got from the show to bring awareness for causes Goal supports” …

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