Chris Hemsworth Alzheimer’s Revelation On ’Limitless’ Prompts Hiatus For Actor – Deadline

After a career “sprint” of 10+ years, actor Chris Hemsworth is ready to slow down. The actor has announced in a new interview with Vanity Fair that he will be taking “some time off,” following the revelation while filming his Disney+ original series. Unlimited that he has a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s.

This revelation was only the most powerful of a series of moments during the production, forcing the actor to confront the “reality” of his own mortality. “It really sparked something in me to want to take some time off. And since we finished the show, I’ve finished the things I was already contracted to do,” Hemsworth revealed. “Now when I’m done with this [press] tour this week, I’m going to go home and have a good chunk of time off and just take it easy. Be with the kids, be with my wife.”

Hemsworth’s medical revelation comes in the fifth episode of Unlimited, which debuted in full on Disney+ on Wednesday. The specifics of the diagnosis, according to Vanity Fair, are as follows: “His makeup includes two copies of the APOE4 gene, one from his mother, the other from his father, which studies have linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. One in four people carry a single copy of the gene, but only 2 to 3% of the population have both, according to a 2021 study from the National Institutes of Health.

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Hemsworth emphasized in the interview that he hasn’t been given “a hard diagnosis” of Alzheimer’s, even if the APOE4 double occurrence is indeed “a cause for concern,” clarifying that “it’s not like I’ve been given up” on acting. However, the actor, whose grandfather has the disease which progressively affects memory, is now 8-10 times more likely to develop it.

He noted during the Vanity Fair interview that Disney discussed with him the idea of ​​removing his diagnosis from Unlimited, although he ultimately insisted that it be reflected in the final cut. “Look, if this is a motivator for people to take better care of themselves and also realize that there are steps you can take – then great,” he noted. “My concern was that I just didn’t want to manipulate and overdramatize it, and make it into some kind of empathy hijacking or whatever for fun.”

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The other silver lining to discovering Alzheimer’s for Hemsworth is that he can now take concrete “preventive steps,” being even more aware of his sleep, fitness, nutrition and stress levels to minimize the potential that he will one day develop the disease. “For me, the positive thing about it was, ‘Where, if I didn’t know this [Alzheimer’s] information, I wouldn’t have made the changes I did,” the actor said. I just wasn’t aware of that, so now I’m grateful to have the kind of tools in my arsenal to better prepare and prevent things from happening that way.”

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Hesmworth’s series created by Darren Aronofsky for Disney+ examines new scientific research that is shattering conventional wisdom about the human body, offering fascinating insights into how we can all unlock our body’s superpowers to fight disease, perform better well and even to reverse the aging process. This science is put to the test by Hemsworth, who, despite being in peak superhero form, is on a personal mission to learn how to extend our health, strength and intellect further into our later years.

The actor recently reprized his role in the MCU as Thor ABOUT Thor: Love and Thunder and then it will be seen in Mad Max prequel Furious and Netflix Extract 2 — projects on which he has already completed production. How long his professional hiatus will last is not yet clear.


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