If, as they say, playing the villain is much more fun than being the good guy, then Jack Gleeson must be having a grand time.
The young "Game of Thrones" actor, who plays the most hated man in Westeros -- or pretty much any land in the television universe -- will be doing a meet-and-greet October 27 at the Waterfront Barnes & Noble in Pittsburgh.
Think of it as King Joffrey Baratheon visiting the common folk at Kings Landing, if indeed Kings Landing had a Starbucks. Gleeson, by all reports a very smart and funny guy (check out this Q&A he did recently at a Dublin university), will be chatting with fans and might even sign GOT merch purchased at the store.
Gleeson is making the trip from his native Ireland to headline an October 28 gala for Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT). The annual fundraiser -- PICT Plays... with Mystery and Mayhem -- is at J. Verno Studios on the South Side.
PICT producing artistic director Alan Stanford and Gleeson go way back, with Stanford casting him as "the most heart-rending Tiny Tim" years ago in Gate Theatre Dublin's production of "A Christmas Carol."
Now Gleeson is all grown up and playing a sadistic twerp of a king who likes to use crossbows in terrible ways. We'd say 'Bah, humbug,' but when Joffrey's on screen, you just can't look away.