Monday 18 December 2017

Game of Thrones stars back Jack Gleeson's decision to leave hit series, and acting

Jack Gleeson in Game of Thrones
Jack Gleeson in Game of Thrones

Fiona Gribbin

Dublin Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson took everyone by surprise when he decided to quit the acting game - but last night his co-stars rowed in behind his "wise move".

Finn Jones, who plays Loras Tyrell in the fantasy epic said that he full supported his former colleague's decision.

The English actor (26) was speaking at a red carpet event in Belfast to promote the arrival of the show's exhibition at the Waterfront Hall.

"Jack's taken the clever option and is going to teach, which I think is a much more noble cause than being an actor," he told The Herald.

Actors Jack Gleeson and Sophie Turner attend HBO's
Actors Jack Gleeson and Sophie Turner attend HBO's "Game of Thrones" fourth season premiere at Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

Gleeson (22) who starred as the evil young King Joffrey revealed he wished to quit acting after he had been killed off the hit HBO drama.

The Cork native and Trinity student has described becoming disillusioned with the industry and felt overwhelmed by the level of celebrity his role created.

Sibil Kekilli who plays Shae, the mistress of popular character Tyrion, said she could understand fans' shock at her recent betrayal of Tyrion in the murder trial of King Joffrey.

"I was heartbroken and I went to the directors and begged them to change the story line," said the actress.

Actor Finn Jones attends the
Actor Finn Jones attends the "Game Of Thrones" Season 4 New York premiere at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on March 18, 2014 in New York City.

Filming of the hit series mainly takes place in the north, using a Belfast studio alongside a host of locations including Sandy Brae in the Mourne Mountains.

It has been a huge boost to Norther Ireland tourism - at the end of the previous series three, Game of Thrones is estimated to have generated in the region of €78m for the local economy.

But unfortunately there are no plans to extend filming south at this stage.

"There are no real plans to film in Dublin or the surrounding area as I am pretty confident Northern Ireland will be able to yield all the locations necessary," said Robbie Boake, the Supervising Location Manager.

The Game of Thrones exhibition is at Belfast's Waterfront Hall from June 11-15.

Apart from its arrival in Oslo this year, the city is the only other European date on the exhibition's tour this  year.

Fans have the chance to see nearly 100 original artifacts from pivotal scenes, plus select pieces from the fourth season currently premiering on HBO.


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