New in-depth Jack Gleeson Q&A
By Ours is the Fury on in Press.

In a rare appearance, Jack Gleeson settled in for a half-hour long Q&A last week at University College Dublin. In this interview, the king of Westeros answers dozens of questions, talking flower crowns, which actor’s most like their character, and whether he’s really planning to quit acting after his time on Game of Thrones is over. He discusses his work with the theater company he co-founded, Collapsing Horse, and reveals which one of his castmates was pranked by Benioff and Weiss this year.

A complete list of the individual questions (with timestamps) is available in the Youtube description at the source.

Ours is the Fury: What a great video interview, with an actor we don’t get to hear from that often. It was nice to hear that Jack hasn’t had any problems with fans distinguishing him from Joffrey. I would have loved to see the moustache on that guy at the end, though.


71 Comments

  1. Robbwind resurrected does doggie style with Walder Frey
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Hodor. Yes! My first one

  2. Dave
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Stannis…with a vengeance.

  3. kicks
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    Jack was so funny in this. I loved how he still tried to understand Joffrey by using nature vs nurture.

  4. azad injejikian
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Whip smart lil’ bugger! :)

  5. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Bye-bye, false King Joff. As you gaze up from hell, may you watch your mother and father copulate over your rotting corpse.

  6. Ours is the Fury
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    He mentions that he didn’t meet Mark Gatiss. So Tycho Nestoris doesn’t meet the king, though that doesn’t rule out a trip to KL altogether for Nestoris.

  7. oierem
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    The story about a certain king who is killed in the toilet and shits himself is great ! ;)

  8. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    Gattiss said during an interview that happened only about 3 weeks after filming had started (and therefor before the Croatia shoot) that he’d already filmed all his scenes. This means they were probably in the Paint Hall or on location in NI. He’ll probably show up pre-PW, with much of the argument between Noho Dimittis & Cersei in AFFC being the basis for his role, as the two characters have probably been rolled into a single entity (a la Matthos). Then as Stannis marches on The Wall, which will probably be studio-based he is part of the landing party at Castle Black & then goes on to have an expanded role in Season 5.

  9. Peter
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Jack is an amazing person!

  10. Valyrian eyes
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Omg my hatred for Joffrey is all messed up now

  11. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury:
    He mentions that he didn’t meet Mark Gatiss. So Tycho Nestoris doesn’t meet the king, though that doesn’t rule out a trip to KL altogether for Nestoris.

    I doubt that the Braavosi banker would care to meet with the youth “king” who is known for a self-centered mindset, debasing others and torture. If he did come to KL, it would be for strong, weighty and calculated conversation with the Master of Coin or the Hand. If he appeared after (or even before) the PW, with a message of fiscal obligations and subtle threats, it would add greatly to the intrigue and pending chaos afflicting the throne. I hope Tycho serves his purpose well.

  12. Ozymandias
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    We’ll miss you Jack Gleeson.

  13. GG
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    OH ****!!!!!!! Did anyone catch the spoiler at 14:00? xD I’d like to think that’s a shoutout to book fans.

  14. Ser Lurksalot
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Great interview with the elusive Jack Gleeson, you can’t help but warm to the guy. Just goes to show what a great actor he is to play the little shit so convincingly!! :-)

  15. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    GG: Did anyone catch the spoiler at 14:00? xD I’d like to think that’s a shoutout to book fans.

    Yes…check out oierem’s comment above.

  16. Bolton5
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    oierem:

    Well, technically Tywin was never a king, even though he died on the throne

  17. Udi
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    As an Israeli – it cracks me up that he is studying ancient Hebrew lol!
    I managed to nab a shot of him on set in Dubrovnik (bad quality unfortunately). My sister asked me why I didn’t take a sniper rifle instead of a camera? So now I know! Because he is studying Hebrew of course!

  18. ser rib
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Udi: ….My sister asked me why I didn’t take a sniper rifle instead of a camera? So now I know! Because he is studying Hebrew of course!

    Lets leave the sniper rifle at home…don’t want a Game of Thrones incident in the middle east!

  19. Vincentious
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Fantastic! those who always wanted a substantial Gleeson ‘panel’ style / q&A interview now have it. I don’t think he’s done any of the conventions like a lot of the cast have.

  20. John
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    Looking forward to seeing him speak at the Oxford Union, you might also enjoy this on Game of Thrones http://theoccasionalpigeon1.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/al-qaeda-chiefs-911-message-bring-down.html

  21. Udi
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    ser rib,

    Or vice versa

  22. Roekest
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Udi,

    In the US, the feds track down people who say those things and kick in their doors. Oh shit…I think I hear something outside…

  23. Lex
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    There used to be a lot of talk about “Poor kid, everyone’s going to hate him, wherever he goes!” or “I bet he gets spit on, on the street,”… but I think it’s the opposite, really. People love-to-hate Joffrey so much that I think it actually translates into a real liking and admiration for the actor. I think he’ll be just fine.

  24. Siobhán Mooney
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    I knew what crepuscular meant. :)

    Fantastic guy!

  25. Harry Lime
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    I liked the disguised spoiler he gives at 13:52.

  26. Jimbo
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    A lot of child actors turn out to be little annoying shits, but I have to say Mr.Gleeson looks like a pretty down to earth, funny chap! Can’t wait to see him in Season 4! :)

  27. Clara
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Love the few Irish words, it’s great.
    an – mhaith

  28. Jambo
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Siobhán Mooney:
    I knew what crepuscular meant.:)

    I had to look that one up while watching Archer a while back. Someones pet ocelot had gotten loose.

  29. Udi
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Roekest,

    Well, I an not from the US and since it was just a humorous remark about JOFFREY (not JG), and certainly not to be taken seriously, I hope anyone reading what I posted does so with many grains of salt. Otherwise they need to get their heads out of their behinds. Jack Gleeson seems like a great guy and this was a fun interview.

  30. Arkash
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Siobhán Mooney:
    I knew what crepuscular meant.:)

    Fantastic guy!

    Being French, so did I ! =D

    Great, great, great bloke ! Go Jack !

  31. Hollyoak
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to hijack the thread but this has to be seen:

    http://huff.to/1bQUC7y

    Art Nouveau Game of Thrones

    Sorry if it was posted in another section.

    We need a forum!

  32. ATG
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Dude’s awesome would love to meet him in real life and shake his hand.

  33. Siobhán Mooney
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Arkash: Being French, so did I ! =D

    Yes, it seems to be a word more favoured by the French. :) I first encountered it reading Jean-Luc Marion.

  34. Ross
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    That was very entertaining, he comes across very well indeed.

    Dare I say though, he seems to hold Game of Thrones and acting in general in relatively low regard – I wonder what will motivate him as he grows older.

  35. Siobhán Mooney
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Hollyoak:
    Sorry to hijack the thread but this has to be seen:

    http://huff.to/1bQUC7y

    Art Nouveau Game of Thrones

    Sorry if it was posted in another section.

    We need a forum!

    These are really gorgeous.

    I would just caution any non-book-readers not to click on the link to the product page, as there is another poster there that constitutes a spoiler. It’s not something that everyone would pick up on, but better safe than sorry. In case any non-book-readers really want to buy the posters but avoid this spoiler, here are direct links to the four original, non-spoiler posters:
    http://society6.com/product/Mother-of-dragons-O1T_Print
    http://society6.com/product/Princess-of-Winterfell_Print
    http://society6.com/product/Maid-of-Tarth_Print
    http://society6.com/product/The-little-rose_Print

    I must admit, I’m slightly surprised that Cersei didn’t get a print, but delighted that Sansa did. :)

  36. Tereeza 777
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    So he dislikes the word “panties”, but his favorite curse word is the naughty Latin c-word for “cootchie”. And he has the patience to learn Ancient Hebrew, but not enough to read the books of Ice and Fire. And he enjoys putting on puppet shows for children, yet his favorite scene in GoT was the “Birthday Present” with Ros and the other “working girl” from House Littlefinger. Cool (and cute) study in contradictions.

  37. Siobhán Mooney
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Tereeza 777:
    And he enjoys putting on puppet shows for children, yet his favorite scene in GoT was the “Birthday Present” with Ros and the other “working girl” from House Littlefinger. Cool (and cute) study in contradictions.

    I got the impression that he was being facetious about this. The scene with the prostitutes had already been mentioned, in any case, so it was easy to reference.

  38. Turncloak
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Excellent interview. We need more Jack Gleeson interviews happening

  39. Mr. Lemoncloak
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    omg, this guy’s so cool, and i totally respect his decision not to act anymore. but it still is a FUCKING SHAME ;)

  40. Nancy
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Lemoncloak,

    I agree. He’s a great Joffrey and I would have loved to see what other performances he had in him. I have to give him kudos for wanting to go after academia and who knows, maybe he might fit in some acting work from time to time in the future. Seems like a nice, very down to Earth guy.

  41. GeekFurious
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    I have such a great part for Jack in my movie…

  42. Eleanor
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 8:24 pm | Permalink

    Tereeza 777:
    So he dislikes the word “panties”,but his favorite curse word is the naughty Latin c-word for “cootchie”

    I think because ‘panties’ is a cutesy Americanism.
    Is the c-word you’re talking about ‘cunt’? That’s not Latin. It’s as Old English as a word gets.

  43. OldeCrone
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Tereeza 777,

    I guess different words sound strange to different folk depending where they’re from. I worked with a young American woman a few years ago (she had married a British man) and she had a problem with the word “knickers” which is interchangeable with “panties” in the UK, though in North America I understand “knickers” are knee-breeches. It always puzzled me when characters in American TV shows said something they didn’t like “sucked” until I realised it was a slang way of saying that they didn’t consider something particularly wonderful. Some American slang expressions are spreading to Britain because of films and TV shows though.

  44. Ragman's Harbor
    Posted October 9, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Q: What is your favourite noise?

    A: The sound of fresh cut grass.

    The man cracks me up. Sounds like a really cool dude, also I would love to get drunk with Alfie Allen.

  45. Joshua Atreides
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Eleanor,

    Actually “cunt”‘comes from ” cunnus” which is Latin vulgar for vagina.

  46. Eleanor
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 2:36 am | Permalink

    Joshua Atreides,

    Jesus, why do people always think that because something has a cognate in Latin it derives from Latin? English is an old language. Next you’ll be telling me that Iranian ‘maradar’ derives from Latin ‘mater’.

  47. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    Great to see that Jack is such a nice and witty guy, in utter contrast to the character he plays. This is the sign of a truly talented actor. It probably requires much more *acting* from him to get the balance of “Joffrey” right than it requires from Peter Dinklage to play Tyrion (to name but one). But obviously we all hate Joffrey so much that Jack will never ever get a major award. Unless the Emmies come with a Most-Hated category :-)

  48. loki
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    Eleanor, wait, it doesn’t?

  49. Iskaral Pust
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    He seems like a really nice bloke who hasn’t let playing a murderous megalomaniac go to his head. I couldn’t hear the guy asking the questions so I turned on the captioning, a rather surreal experience as the voice recognition system obviously had problems with the Irish accents….

  50. Arkash
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Siobhán Mooney: Yes, it seems to be a word more favoured by the French.:)I first encountered it reading Jean-Luc Marion.

    Well, even more than that, it is a French completely normal word.

    Crepuscule means twilight in French.

  51. Balerion
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    Arkash,

    As it does in Romanian :)

  52. The_Wanderer
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Jack seems like a real laid back kind of guy … even though he’s nice in real life it’s difficult to get all the Joffrey moments he’s had out of my head.

  53. Siobhán Mooney
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Arkash: Well, even more than that, it is a French completely normal word.

    Crepuscule means twilight in French.

    Well, yes, but we don’t have the word “twilighty” in English. :D Well, I guess we have “twilit,” but I never got the sense that “crepuscular” meant exactly that.

  54. Joshua Atreides
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Eleanor,

    Wow. Did not mean to offend.

    I am a rabid enthusiast of Roman history /culture ever since my University days. This was just a tidbit of knowledge I happen to know. Call it a similarity of certain words between the Indo-European languages.

  55. Abyss
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Off-Topic:
    Nathalie Emmanuel speaks about season 3 and 4. It’s a skype interview, so the sound is pretty poor on her end. Minor spoilers (more like hints) about season 4 if you want to be really picky about it.

  56. Abyss
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    And here is another video inteview with Julian Glover. It has minor spoilers aka hints for season 4 as well.

    Oh, and this. How cool!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqF6n-kIugs

  57. Lex
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    The C word definitely comes from Germanic roots, not Latin. It is known.

  58. Eleanor
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    loki:
    Eleanor, wait, it doesn’t?

    It doesn’t. They have a common source.

  59. Alfador
    Posted October 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    His hair is hella messy for the first 6 or so minutes

  60. Dammit Patrice
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    OT: Check this out. They look dangerous and bigger…especially Viserion. Is this how we are going to see them in season 4?
    http://twitpic.com/dgtpp6
    http://twitpic.com/dgtpdt
    http://twitpic.com/dgtpiq

  61. kabhal
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    Seems like a pretty cool, laid-back, down-to-earth guy. The complete opposite of the character he plays. I saw Joffrey when the video started and then after a few seconds I saw a normal human being. ;)

  62. Abyss
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    Off-Topic:
    Game of Thrones: The Game (and many other games) are included in a Humble Boundle that’s on sale for the next week. If you ever wanted to get the game, now is the time to grab it. For all of you who do not know what a Humble Boundle sale is, you can (pretty much) pay what ever you want for it and you can give some or all of the money you spend to charity if you want. You only get Steam keys in this boundle, no stand alone versions of the games.

  63. Abyss
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 2:10 am | Permalink

    *bundle…

  64. Ross
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    Abyss:
    And here is another video inteview with Julian Glover. It has minor spoilers aka hints for season 4 as well.

    Oh, and this. How cool!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqF6n-kIugs

    I can’t think what scene or character Julian Glover could be referring to when he says he is watching something rather gruesome. Any ideas? Perhaps Gregor’s injury / Qyburn’s experiments?.

  65. Ser Tahu
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Ross,
    Oberyn getting his face/skull punched in by Gregor?

  66. Siobhán Mooney
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Abyss:
    Off-Topic:
    Game of Thrones: The Game (and many other games) are included in a Humble Boundle that’s on sale for the next week. If you ever wanted to get the game, nowis the time to grab it.

    Thanks! This is good to know. :)

  67. boze
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Dammit Patrice,

    Nice! Yep, they look bigger than the dragons from S3.

  68. GeekFurious
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Abyss:
    Off-Topic:
    Game of Thrones: The Game (and many other games) are included in a Humble Boundle that’s on sale for the next week. If you ever wanted to get the game, nowis the time to grab it. For all of you who do not know what a Humble Boundle sale is, you can (pretty much) pay what ever you want for it and you can give some or all of the money you spend to charity if you want. You only get Steam keys in this boundle, no stand alone versions of the games.

    Bundle. Humble Bundle.

  69. Tar Kidho
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    GeekFurious,

    as Abyss noted in his/her post just below that one…

  70. KC
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    I was at that! Really good talk, and he was nice enough to stick around and brave the mob to take pictures at the end.

    The guy’s mustache really was fantastic, a proper curly one.

  71. Ian
    Posted October 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Again slightly off topic, I’m reading Wilbur Smith’s new book, Vicious Circle, when I read about Carl Bannock, why do I see in my mind, Joffrey Baratheon, (first of his name), ?


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