Jack Gleeson talks about his tough King Joffrey scene that everybody enjoyed in HBO’s Game of Thrones


Beware of spoilers if you haven’t watched HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Everybody and their moms hated King Joffrey from HBO’s Game of Thrones. He was a cruel and cowardly king. Some of the despicable things he did included the beheading of Ned Stark, murdering a prostitute, and threatening the likable Tyrion. Now imagine if you were the actor who played him. In real life, Jack Gleeson is a very nice and charitable fellow who’s involved in charity work. The actor has revealed one of his non-finest moments in the “The Fallen: A Roundtable” featurette for the Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season DVD/ Blu-ray. The scene in question was when he had to pretend he was dead.

My eyes had to be kept open by two people, cause I just couldn’t do it. It was the director of photography and the director who came over and were like ‘Jesus Christ Jack, c’mon.’ They literally held my eyes open so they could take a CGI shot of my face… So, that’s my level of ineptitude!

It’s hard to keep your eyes opened for a long time without blinking, so imagine trying to do this over and over again during the set. Since he wasn’t able to do it, they had to rely on CGI.

Gleeson isn’t the only actor who had a hard time pretending to be dead. Mark Stanley, who played Grenn, described his trouble with his death scene.

[My death scene] was timed with John, Bradley and Kit walking through the tunnel to discover the body. And they were walking at such a slow pace, and my eyes were open in the darkness… the camera is there… it’s coming…nope, I blink. Start again.

If you’re a fan of the show, definitely check out the Blu-ray and DVD of Season 4.

Game of Thrones Season 5 premieres on April 12th, Sunday, at 9 p.m. PT/ET.

Via CinemaBlend

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