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Tuesday 24 October 2017

I can't bear to watch myself on TV - Jack

Jack Gleeson
Jack Gleeson

MOST actors can't get enough of watching themselves on screen - but Jack Gleeson is not one of them.

He is no longer in the show, but the 22-year-old Game of Thrones star has said he couldn't even tune in to the HBO phenomenon when he was part of it - as he finds himself too "cringeworthy".

Trinity College graduate Jack (inset) played evil King Joffrey Baratheon in the award-winning series until earlier this year.

"It's like hearing your own voice in a voicemail times 10," he said, speaking yesterday on The John Murray Show on RTE.

"When I'm looking at scenes that I'm not in, I know that tree is fake or that actor was hungover, so the illusion is broken and it's harder to appreciate."

Even though he's been offered several parts thanks to his appearances in the medieval fantasy drama, Cork-born Jack has turned his back on fame and fortune in Hollywood.

"I don't see much of a future in professional acting for myself, so I don't get too hard on myself when I don't do a good job," he said.

"I just think, 'Oh well, it's a bit of fun'."

Jack admitted he feels a bit ungrateful.

"I feel that way because I'm eschewing the potential to succeed in a career that a lot of people I know would love to succeed in," he said.

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