Chris Hemsworth will ‘take time off from acting’ after Alzheimer’s predisposition

Chris Hemsworth

The actor said the news forced him to face the reality of his own mortality.

Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth recently revealed that he is at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s due to a genetic predisposition. Shortly after, he announced that he will be taking a break from acting. The 39-year-old Australian actor learned of the diagnosis while undergoing routine tests while filming a new docuseries, which will stream on Disney Plus.

The ‘Thor’ actor carries two copies of the APOE4 gene, which studies have linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. However, he stressed that it is not an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, nor does it mean that he will definitely develop the disease, but it is cause for concern. The shocking revelation was made during an interview with Vanity Fair.

The actor during an episode of National Geographic’s Limitless said: “It really triggered something in me that wanted to take some time off. And since we finished the show, I’ve been completing the things that 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 amount of free time and just keep it simple. Being with the kids, being with my wife.”

During the Vanity Fair interview, the ‘Thor’ actor said the diagnosis came as no surprise as his grandfather has Alzheimer’s.

The actor said the news forced him to face the reality of his own mortality. “Most of us, we like to avoid talking about death. Then all of a sudden some big indicators point to this as the route that’s going to happen, reality sinks in. Your own mortality.” he said.

“It’s like one in a thousand people… or one in 10,000. I can’t remember. But eight to 10 times more likely,” he told Vanity Fair, jokingly adding: “Since you told me that, I feel like my la memory is getting worse. Is it a placebo effect, or is it happening.”

“My concern was that I just didn’t want to manipulate it and over-dramatize it, and turn it into some kind of empathy hogwash, or whatever, to entertain. It’s not like I’ve been handed my resignation,” he added.

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