They say you don’t know what you got, until it’s gone. The thing is, whoever coined that expression is a genius. Take, for example, Jack Gleeson as Joffrey on Game of Thrones. He was such a despicable character on the show, it seemed everybody wanted him to die. We were all waiting for it, in fact. Cheering on the day we finally got to see him drop dead, purple faced and frothing. Thing is, we seem to forget, him making us all hate him so much as the sign of an amazing actor. The kid is a humanitarian in real life, yet he made all the world hate him hard for four years. Let us take a moment to thank Jack Gleeson for his amazing run on GOT, and wish him well on his future endeavors.
I can honestly say, without hesitation, that Jack Gleeson as Joffrey on Game of Thrones was one easiest villains to hate on that show. He went from being smug and snarky, to being psychotic and scary. The best part was, you never knew what Joffrey you were going to get. Just look at the change in his tone and demeanor across the final episode. I think we all talked about how much we hated him, but now it is hitting us, we loved to hate him, and now he’s gone. I just personally wanted to take a moment to thank the actor for putting in such a staggering and memorable role in this stellar show. To not like a bad guy is one thing, but to despise him to his very core is another. That stands as a testimony to the power of the actor. That, my friends, was all Jack Gleeson.
What is even more remarkable is, we will NEVER see him on-screen again. He is leaing acting now to pursue humanitarian beliefs. In other words, the kid you thought was the most evil person ever and who you wanted to slap in the face is now going to spend his life figuring out how to get water and medical facilities into third world countries where they are needed. So the saint had disguised himself as a sinner for four years, and none of us knew. If that is not an amazing actor, I don’t know what is.
So thank you Jack Gleeson. I loved to hate you. And in some weird way I cannot even understand myself, I am sad to see you go. But wow man, you did a magnificent job, and we all thank you for that.
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