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Joaquin Phoenix inspired Thrones' Gleeson

1 of 1 Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey in Game of Thrones
Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones' Jack Gleeson has revealed he took inspiration from Joaquin Phoenix's Commodus in Gladiator when playing King Joffrey.

The 21-year-old Cork native told Entertainment Weekly, "Joaquin Phoenix's Commodus in Gladiator certainly for my characterization of Joffrey, that had a big impact, the smirk. And the monster Hexxus from Fern Gully, certainly as a childhood fear that was a big one."

He added that he enjoys playng the villainous Joffrey, "It's interesting sometimes when an audience can empathise with a villain, but to get completely lost in it, it's exciting just to be intrinsically evil and not have a speck of good or humanity in their bones.

"I remember in season two we were filming a scene where I come to Sansa with a necklace and tell her I'm very sorry. I was going to play it like I don't actually care but Dan said to try and express any genuine love for Sansa that Joffrey actually has. That was the one attempt to put some grey into the black, but overall, it's a pretty black evil road."

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