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Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson on his Joffrey challenge.

Gleeson, 23, admitted that some of the character's on-screen nastiness was "embarrassing, but you got to do what you got to do"

Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson said he struggled to play evil King Joffrey Baratheon because he's a polite person who does not swear and avoids profane language.

Speaking at the IGN convention in Abu Dhabi, Gleeson, 23, admitted that some of the character's on-screen nastiness was "embarrassing, but you got to do what you got to do".

He added: "Playing Joffrey was more of a challenge because, as an actor, you always try to empathise with the character you're playing and you try to understand them.

"In reality no one is completely good or bad, so with Joffrey I tried to sympathise with him."

Taking the role of the sadistic ruler of Westeros in the hit TV series also meant understanding why the character reacts the way they do, added Gleeson, who is Irish.

Among Joffrey's most evil antics are cutting out a man's tongue for singing a song about the king's late father and offering to serve the head of his fiance's brother to her on their wedding day.

"Even though how Joffrey behaves -- he has no redeeming qualities -- I tried to take pity on that and understand that all his evil acts are because of how he was brought up and the influences he had as a child. I just tried to cut him some slack," he said.

When asked if playing such a negative role affected him as a person, he said: "Not really, I would just read the lines in a different accent and put on a mean face. When the director said cut, I'm back to being Jack."

Speaking on his future acting choices, Gleeson said he would rather play the good guy for a change.

"Although 'Game of Thrones' was huge for me, at the end of the day, it was just a role that I played, whereas to everyone else, they know me as evil Joffrey.

"When I go back to acting, I will have to think about what kind of perception there will be with my new role and I would want to maybe play a positive character or nice guy next to dispel any kind of prejudices this character has built."

Visiting the UAE for the first time, Gleeson said the weather here was his favourite part.

"I love Abu Dhabi and everywhere I have been so far. I'm heading to Dubai on Sunday and really looking forward to that.

"I am especially enjoying the sun here. It allows me to get some suntan on my pasty Irish skin, which I really appreciate."

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