Actress Ann Hathaway has admitted that her role as Catwoman in the upcoming Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" lived with her long after filming and that she now understands better the affect the role of The Joker had on Heath Ledger who it is claimed became depressed after portraying the fictional character.
Hathaway claims it took her a long time to get out of character after the intense filming schedule completed.
She told reporters "It took me months to stop behaving like Catwoman, it was a very strange experience and before I take on a role like that again I will definitely prepare my family for whatever transpires later on."
Hathaway explained that her family became concerned by her behavior, especially after what happened to Ledger: "I would spend hours curled up in a little ball sleeping, I would chase birds and mice, use my nephews sandpit as a toilet and crave fish and cream. I found that pleasures I used to have simply vanished and I would spend hours playing with balls of wool, climbing curtains and I loved nothing more than to just sit in cardboard boxes."
Hathaway finally sought help after she got stuck in a tree and the fire brigade was called to rescue her.
Sadly Hathaway and Ledger are not the only stars to have been affected by a role or a character they appeared as. After filming Iron Man Robert Downey Jnr had to be hospitalized, suffering from exhaustion, after he spent 24 straight hours pressing shirts and Danny DeVito, after his role as the Penguin in an earlier Batman movie, was convinced he was a double layered chocolate bar for months after filming.