As King Joffrey, he’s one of the most hated characters to ever grace Game of Thrones, and yet, I sort of miss the bastard. Therefore it’s a pleasure to check in with his portrayer, Jack Gleeson, once in a while. The actor is a guest at this weekend’s New York Comic Con, and spoke with Nate Jones of Vulture about his well-earned Thrones death and his final onscreen appearance.
Bustle reports that the filming of Joffrey’s wake (when he’s lying in state in the sept of Baelor) was “one of his favorite scenes to film.” Gleeson says, “I think the final scene that I kind of appear in is when I’m dead. Joffrey’s corpse is like lying on a plinth on the set and I just kind of got to sleep for the whole day so that was definitely a fun experience.”
Gleeson notes that choking to death was “really hard to do” and suggests an alternative. “Maybe like Joffrey dying in his sleep because that would be really easy for me I wouldn’t have to worry about trying to make it convincing. I could just literally fall asleep and they could [have] just film[ed] me and maybe have a [subtitle] ‘He dies.'”
More fun for you, Jack, but less satisfying for viewers!
A season 6 cast member, British star Richard E. Grant, talks with the Belfast Telegraph this week about the long-ranging effects of his time on the show. The actor talks up the newest addition for his line of “Jack” fragrances, Piccadilly ’69, which is inspired by a visit to London’s Piccadilly Circus in 1969. In between scent chatter, Grant touches on Game of Thrones, where he played the theatrical manager Izembaro, who gave us his own twists on King Robert and Tywin Lannister.
The Belfast Telegraph notes that when it comes to Game of Thrones, “Grant is a huge fan and firmly of the opinion that we are living through a golden age of television.”
Grant appeared in three episodes but he’s hungry for more. Three episodes was also enough to leave a lasting impression wherever he goes. He tells the Telegraph, “We did the interiors in Belfast, at Titanic Studios, the old paint halls. The exteriors were shot north of Barcelona. It was like being in a movie – as it would be considering they spent $11m per episode. Its reach is phenomenal. On Wolverine, I was working in New Mexico in a town of 600. And there wasn’t a day that someone would not come up to me and say: ‘I saw you in Game of Thrones.’ It amazes me. I just wish I’d been in more episodes.”
Meanwhile, a current cast member had a rough filming week. Between the wind and the rain, Emilia Clarke just can’t catch a break with Northern Ireland location shooting:
Another filming piece of news: the Dark Hedges found in Ballymoney, N. Ireland, are closing on the weekend of October 15-16. Could this be for Game of Thrones filming? We don’t know yet- it’s possible the county is temporarily closing down the road for other reasons. However it would be nice to see the show return to the memorable setting that stands in as Westeros’ Kingsroad.
@WatchersOTWall FYI. The Dark Hedges is closed on Saturday 15/Sunday 16 October. Presumably for Kingsroad scenes. Saw a sign this morning
— Omar Soliman (@wiz52) October 7, 2016
Final note: a reminder to join us Wednesday night, October 12th at 8PM EDT, for the Watchers on the Wall Awards! Details found HERE.