The star of Thor: Love & Thunder, Chris Hemsworth, takes a break from the world of acting.
A recent episode of Limitless revealed that Hemsworth is genetically predisposed to developing Alzheimer’s disease.
“It’s not a default gene, but it’s a strong clue,” he said. “Ten years ago, I think it was considered rather deterministic.” Basically, his genetic makeup includes two copies of the APOE4 gene: one from his mother and one from her father. Apparently, this combination carries an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
“It is not that they have presented my resignation to me,” he added, but the Marvel star will be taking a break for a while after the experience of filming the series forced him to face his own mortality in various ways.
“It really triggered something in me to want to take time off,” she explained. “And since we finished the series, I’ve been completing things that I already had booked. Now, when the tour ends this week, I’m going to go home and have a good time off to simplify. Being with the kids, being with my wife.” .
Limitless is a six-part television show for National Geographic (available on Disney+) in which Hemsworth explores the full potential of the human body, with episodes devoted to the science of longevity.
But when Disney offered to remove the scenes in which Hemsworth discovers his predisposition to Alzheimer’s, the actor refused.
“Look, if this is motivation for people to take better care of themselves and also understand that there are steps you can take, then great,” Hemsworth said. “What I was worried about was that I didn’t want to manipulate it and overdramatize it and make it some kind of attempt at empathy or whatever for entertainment.”
Throughout the series, Hemsworth strives to master different ways to slow down the aging process and improve his health in later life.
“I think one of the nicest things about the show is how open Chris is throughout it,” director Darren Aronofsky said in an interview with IGN. “He was really vulnerable, and he really gave her a lot of focus and a lot of access, and it’s rare that you find a movie star who is so willing to be human.”