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Game Of Thrones' Jack Gleeson Is Happy To Keep His Bad Fan Interactions Rumor Alive

It's no secret that "Game of Thrones" has a lot of divisive characters. Some characters are meant to be scheming and untrustworthy, but on some level, you still like them and even root for them. Characters like Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), and even Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) are all unlikable in many ways, but a certain level of charm and intrigue, genuine respect for genius, or slivers of the possibility of redemption make them fun to watch.

Above all else, even if a character is unlikable, fans have to respect that "Game of Thrones" wouldn't be the show they love without these characters. The dedication these actors put into portraying such complicated characters runs deep — having a love for a character that doesn't deserve love is a talent that many actors have to embrace, and the cast of "Game of Thrones" is a perfect example.

But one character stands above the rest as the most hated character in all of Westeros. Jack Gleeson's Joffrey Baratheon is considered one of the worst people the show has ever featured, which is saying quite a bit, considering he's a child. Fans largely see Joffrey as completely irredeemable, and many viewers enjoyed watching his untimely demise at his own wedding. The hatred for the character has sparked rumors that fans are cruel to the actor who plays him as well — and though Gleeson has since debunked these rumors, he admits that there is an upside to them.

Fans are nice to Gleeson because they think other fans are horrible to him

Since the beginning of "Game of Thrones," there have been rumors of interactions with Jack Gleeson where fans have treated him horribly just because they hated Joffrey. This rumor probably picked up speed due to Gleeson's quick departure from acting after his role in the series came to an end — while he has been in a few projects since leaving "GOT," they've been very few and far between.

Gleeson addressed these rumors toward the end of 2022 when he attended a "Game of Thrones" convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center. During a Q&A at the event, he confessed that he's never actually had a bad encounter with a fan. "Thankfully, I've never had any negative fan experiences or anything ... There's still a chance if anybody wants to throw a punch," he joked.

Though fans may have been shocked by the admission, Gleeson explained, "A lot of people come up to me because I guess this rumor started that people were horrible to me on the street or I get attacked ... whereas I've never had one negative experience." While it's good to hear that his interactions with fans have been positive, he credits the rumors about bad interactions for giving him the best of both worlds, joking that maybe he shouldn't set the record straight: "I feel like people are extra nice to me because they think people attack me, so maybe I should keep the rumor going."