Chris Hemsworth takes a step back after discovering that he is genetically predisposed to developing Alzheimer’s disease.
The ‘Thor’ actor discovered the news while filming the fifth episode of his Disney+ series.Unlimitedin which he meets a doctor and discovers that he has a genetic predisposition for the progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions.
Hemsworth’s DNA contains two copies of the APOE4 gene, making his chances of developing the progressive neurological disorder eight to 10 times higher than that of an average person.
He said vanity lounge in an article published on Thursday that after hearing the news, he plans to put his job on hold after completing his press tour for the documentary series.
The 39-year-old’s grandfather has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and he told Vanity Fair a bit more.
“I’m not sure he remembers much, and he goes in and out of Dutch, which is his native language,” Hemsworth said. “He will speak [in] Dutch and English, then a mixture and maybe some other new words as well.
The Aussie actor revealed that filming the episode on such heavy subject matter made him realize he was “not ready to go yet”. The genetic reveal also led to him meeting some death doulas for the show’s final episode.
Although Hemsworth said, “It’s not like I got my resignation”, he admitted the culmination of the experiences gave him the boost to take time off from acting.
“It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off,” Hemsworth said. “And since we finished the show, I finished the things that I was already committed to.”
The star has already wrapped production on his next films: Netflix’s ‘Extraction 2’ and George Miller’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ prequel ‘Furiosa’.
“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,” he added. “Be with the kids, be with my wife.”
Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky, 46, share three children: India, 10, and twins Sasha and Tristan, 8.
The father-of-three later shared that Disney presented him with a version of “Limitless” without the diagnosis, but he was firm on keeping the full version.
“Look, if that’s a motivation for people to take better care of themselves and also understand that there are steps you can take — then fantastic,” Hemsworth said.
He added: “My concern was that I just didn’t want to manipulate it and over-dramatize it and turn it into some kind of hokey empathy take or anything for entertainment.”
Hemsworth – who has starred in more than eight Marvel Cinematic Universe films as the hammer-wielding god of thunder – also shared in the interview that he is “completely open to” revisit the titular character at some point.
“I always loved the experience,” the actor said of playing Thor. “I was very grateful to have been able to do something different each time.”
Episodes of “Limitless” are now streaming on Disney+.