Is King Joffrey Retiring Soon? Reclusive Actor Appears at 'Game of Thrones' Premiere

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"Game of Thrones" fans in New York City got an early taste of Season 4 as the Lincoln Center held a premiere event for the hit HBO drama Tuesday.

Jack Gleeson, who plays the mad King Joffrey Baratheon, made a rare public appearance. This is the first time the 21-year-old actor has appeared at a red carpet event. Is it because it's his last?

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Gleeson is famously camera-shy; almost every interview with him has been on set or at a university. He has said that he plans to quit acting once this role is over; back in January, he blasted celebrity culture in a 30-minute speech at Oxford in which he said of his experience, "I detested the superficial elevation and commodification of it all, juxtaposed with the grotesque self-involvement it would sometimes draw out in me."

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He was much more friendly in New York, answering questions posed by the evening's host Michael McMillian (the former Steve Newlin of HBO's "True Blood"). Gleeson does enjoy being evil, telling people that "getting the anger is a lot more gratifying for me as an actor" than playing the hero.

And even though he acknowledges that "the intensity of evil in Joffrey is slightly higher" than everyone else on the show, he's not above a little tongue-in-cheek defense of him. "He's a good guy, deep down. You don't see the scenes in which he's going to the orphanage and he's feeding the puppies."

Vine from last year of Gleeson playing with a puppy:

Does this appearance mean that Gleeson's finally coming around to the whole celebrity thing? Or does it mean he's basking in his last few moments of attention before King Joffrey is done in by one of his many enemies?

Even if you know if or when he dies in the books, that's no guarantee that showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff haven't decided to off him in the first episode simply to shake things up.

"Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres April 6 at 9 p.m. on HBO.