Chris Hemsworth to Step Away From Acting After Discovering Higher Risk of Alzheimer's
Chris Hemsworth is a literal mammoth of a man. As Thor, he's faced monsters from the underworld, aliens, and a whole lot more. He's invincible, it seems. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe legend is facing a far more daunting challenge ahead. Recently, Hemsworth found out that he had the rare APOE4 gene, which is linked to a much higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Hemsworth explained that the discovery came during the filming of his new show Limitless. He had taken genetic tests for the project, which would prompt him to rethink about his career.
The Thor: Love and Thunder star also revealed that his grandfather had Alzheimer’s. Hemsworth is eight to times more likely to get the disease. Studies show that just two to three percent of people have both copies of the gene.
Originally, he was supposed to get the results on-camera and then discuss how he could address it. “And Peter Attia, who is the longevity doctor in that episode, and overseeing a lot of the show, called [show creator] Darren [Aronofsky] and said, ‘I don’t want to tell him this on camera. We need to have an off-side conversation and see if he even wants this to be in the show,’” he noted in the interview.
“It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off,” the 39-year-old said. “And since we finished the show, I’ve been completing the things I was already contracted to do. Now when I finish this tour this week, I’m going home and I’m going to have a good chunk of time off and just simplify. Be with the kids, be with my wife.”
But the actor remains optimistic, saying that it was more of a "cause for concern" instead of a hard life-or-death diagnosis. Hemsworth stated that he doesn't want to "overdramatize" the news. The good news is that he has finished shooting for his roles in Extraction 2 and the Mad Max spinoff Furiosa, as well. This makes it all the more important for him to focus on his family and personal life. He explained that he's taking on preventative steps to address the results, too.
“It’s not like I’ve been handed my resignation and this is what it is—and it’s up in a few months,” he added. “It’s not quite that situation, thankfully.”