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New in-depth Jack Gleeson Q&A

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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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!! :-)

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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! :)

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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’.

  • 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 :-)

  • 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….

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. ;)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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), ?