It was a shock when Prince Joffrey met an early demise on HBO’s Game Of Thrones, as the light and hope in his eyes has been sorely missed. (Just kidding! He was a mini-monster.)
But it’s a testament to the talent of actor Jack Gleeson that Joffrey made such an indelible impression—and it was a surprise when Jack decided to turn his back on a burgeoning Hollywood career and return to Ireland.
The Daily Beast caught up with the 23-year-old Gleeson in Dublin, where he’s preparing the stage play Bears In Space (sadly, it’s a family show), and got him to open up about GoT’s purported misogyny. Jack admitted that filming some of his more vicious scenes with Sansa Stark was always difficult.
“Yeah, of course; it’s a tricky thing when you are representing misogyny in that way… I wouldn’t say the show ever implicitly condones misogyny or any kind of violence towards women but, perhaps, it’s still unfair or unjust to represent it even if the gloss on the representation is a negative one.”
Even though Gleeson doesn’t watch Thrones regularly anymore, he is adding his voice to chorus of cast members hoping for more gender balance when it comes to nudity.
“I think that is one good thing, to not just objectify women but also objectify the beauty of the male genitalia! We’re all objects together.”