You guys remembers Joffrey, right? From Game of Thrones? Little jerk-off weasel sociopath who became king and *SPOILER ALERT* was poisoned at his own wedding and died all purple-faced in front of his family and friends? The guy up there in the picture? I can see from the steam coming out of your ears at the mere sight of him that you do. Excellent.
Anyway, if it feels like you haven’t seen that face lately, it turns out there’s a good reason for that. After leaving the show, the actor who played Joffrey, Jack Gleeson, turned down multiple offers to appear in Hollywood films, and instead opened a small theater company in Ireland with some friends. He explained his decision to The London Evening Standard:
“The offers came in, but I just had a lack of desire to do a big action movie. What I enjoy most is this kind of thing, where I can have fun with my friends.
“My real interest is in creating something from the ground up. I never say never to anything, but for the time being I get far more fulfilment from being part of a project that I have helped create and have more of a stake in.”
Now, if you’re like me, you read that last sentence and thought, “Hey, I wonder what kind of plays Jack Gleeson is dreaming up in that blond head of his.” Which is a good thought to have, because it allows me to tell you that the play his theater company created — which is premiering in London this August — is called, I swear to God, Bears in Space, and is about “two cosmonaut bears on a spaceship hurtling toward the impossibly distant limits of the universe, and the villainous beings who chase them.” Also, the bears have just woken up from being cryogenically frozen. Also, JOFFREY FROM GAME OF THRONES QUIT HOLLYWOOD TO MAKE A PLAY ABOUT BEARS FLYING A SPACESHIP.
This guy might win me over yet.