George RR Martin sent a letter to Jack Gleeson congratulating and praising him for his performance as King Joffrey in Game of Thrones. But of all the memorable performers in the popular show, why exactly did Martin single out Gleeson?
Game of Thrones is of course the hugely popular and successful fantasy HBO series based upon the books, A Song of Fire and Ice, by George RR Martin. It has become one of the world’s greatest hits, even capturing the mantel as the most pirated television series in history. As you would expect from a fantasy TV show, there’s heroes and villains. But this series has a particularly high number of bad guys, who also have a tendency to mostly prevail. Principle among these villains is King Joffrey, the son of the late king Robert Baratheon, who himself is eventually killed off in season four.
King Joffrey, portrayed by young Irish actor Jack Gleeson, is about as cruel a leader you cold possibly imagine. Finding pleasure in the simple things in life, such as torture and killing, he made the fans of the show despise his very presence. He was practically devoid of any humanity at all. Rude and demeaning to even those closest to him. It’s hard to imagine that he would have had a single solitary fan anywhere in the world. That’s the basis for the letter by Martin.
George RR MArtin sent a letter to Jack Gleeson for his performance in portraying Joffrey. The reason for the letter is that Martin, the brains behind the epic, was so enamored with his performance in making everyone hate him. That’s the true basis for the correspondence. George RR Martin really did send a letter to Jack Gleeson praising his performance because everyone hated him.
Congratulations on your marvelous performance, everyone hates you ~ George RR Martin, author of A Song of Fire and Ice