Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey Baratheon in Season 2 Episode 9 of "Game of Thrones" entitled "Blackwater." Photo Credit: HBO

Game of Thrones Actor Jack Gleeson Reveals His Inspiration for Joffrey and the Meanest Thing He’s Ever Done


As we quickly approach the return of the epic HBO series Game of Thrones, the questions begin swirling in our minds as to what we can expect from the new season. When you think of the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, one of the first people that probably come to mind is King Joffrey Baratheon. King Joffrey is the one character that everyone loves to hate. The funny thing is, the guy behind the character isn’t nearly as rotten to the core as his character. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he reveals his inspiration for Joffrey and the meanest thing he has ever done.

For a while now, I have always said to myself that Joffrey reminded me of someone else that I had seen in a film before, but for the life of me I couldn’t put my finger on it. Now that he has revealed his inspiration for the role, it all makes perfect sense.

When he was asked what villains impacted him as a kid, he was quick to offer up his characterization for Joffrey.

“Joaquin Phoenix’s Commodus in Gladiator; certainly for my characterization of Joffrey, that had a big impact, the smirk. And the monster Hexxus from FernGully, certainly as a childhood fear that was a big one.”

That is exactly the character I have been trying to come up with all along; Joaquin Phoenix’ character in Gladiator. If you take a look back at some of Joffrey’s scenes from when he first took the throne, you will see exactly what I mean.

Towards the end of the interview, he is asked about the meanest thing that he has ever done. Unless you are a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, you probably won’t find this all too bad; however, if you are, you may want to remove his head from his body a la Ned Stark style.

“Um, I read my sister’s diary when I was 7. She was, I think, 13. It was awful to read it … I also ruined the end of one of the Harry Potter books for the same sister. I said Sirius dies when she was halfway through.” He tells EW.

So, it turns out that Jack Gleeson is not a quarter of the jerk that his character Joffrey is on Game of Thrones; however, I can assure you when the show gets going this weekend that we will have plenty of reasons to curse Joffrey’s name to the Gods of Westeros.

If you would like to read the interview in its entirety, you can head on over Entertainment Weekly and get the full scoop.

What are some of your favorite Joffrey moments? If you could be the one to rid the realm of the brat king, how would you make it happen? What are your hopes for Season 4 of Game of Thrones? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Game of Thrones will return for an epic fourth season on Sunday, April 6that 9:00 p.m. on HBO.

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