LONDON — Joffrey’s gone soft. Sweet, self-effacing, and quick to laugh, the actor who played television’s most hated teenager is also thoughtful, sensitive, and happy to share his doubts about the orgy of violence and misogyny that runs right through the heart of Game of Thrones. Jack Gleeson was one of the world’s hottest young actors when he left the HBO juggernaut last year, but he turned his back on Hollywood and returned to Dublin to write and produce a family stage show with his friends from college. He is currently squeezed onto a sofa with three of those friends, his arms periodically coming to rest on their shoulders, as he excitedly describes Bears in Space, which will open in London next month before a planned transfer to the U.S. in 2016. The allegorical puppet show, aimed at audiences aged “9 to 90,” is about the enduring power of friendship. “I wouldn’t associate it with what I do on Game of Thrones at all,” said Gleeson. “It’s just a completely different thing.” You can say that again, Jack. As the despicable Joffrey Baratheon, Gleeson’s twisted boy-king had a predilection for sexual violence and the abuse of vulnerable women. The show’s… Read full this story
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