Heath Ledger said Joker role caused sleep problems

Heath Ledger

In an interview with the NY Times, Heath Ledger revealed he had severe sleeping problems. In article, Heath Ledger talked about how playing the role of The Joker in Batman:The Dark Knight left him mentally and physically drained.

“I stressed out a little too much,”Mr. Ledger said.

He tends to do that. He is here in London filming the latest episode of the Batman franchise, “The Dark Knight.” (Mr. Bale, as it happens, plays Batman; Mr. Ledger plays the Joker.) It is a physically and mentally draining role” his Joker is a psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy” he said cheerfully,” and, as often happens when he throws himself into a part, he is not sleeping much.

“Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night,” he said. “I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.” One night he took an Ambien, which failed to work. He took a second one and fell into a stupor, only to wake up an hour later, his mind still racing.

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