Chris Hemsworth has announced he is taking time off after learning he has an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the BBC reported.
The star of the film “Thor” made the announcement after undergoing tests as part of a documentary series “Limitless” on Disney +, which he is currently working on.
He told Vanity Fair magazine that research backs up his “greatest fear” and adds that he will now try to undertake “preventive steps“.
The actor learned he has two copies of the ApoE4 gene, one from his mother and one from his father, which makes him eight to ten times more likely to develop the disease than people who don’t have them.
Between two and three percent of the population has two copies of this gene.
“It’s not like I’m resigning” says Hemsworth, but adds that the news “it really provoked something in me to want to take a break“.
“If you look at Alzheimer’s prevention, the benefit of taking precautionary steps is that they affect the rest of your lifehe explains.It’s all a matter of managing sleep, stress, nutrition, movement… These are the same tools that must be applied consistently“.
Because of the “Limitless” series, the Hollywood celebrity explores her body and ways to live longer and healthier.
Hemsworth explained that he had not been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s but had been warned about the increased risk.
“This is not a predetermined gene, but it is a strong indication“, he said. “I think ten years ago it was considered more than defining“.
The Australian also revealed that the original plan for the series was to receive all genetic test results live on camera. However, the creator of the episodes, Darren Aronofsky, told him the results in a private conversation.
The Marvel star was given the option to remove any references to Alzheimer’s from the show, but decided to include his genetic risk to improve awareness and understanding of it.
He tells Vanity Fair that his grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Chris Hemsworth will soon appear on the big screen in “Furiosa” – the sequel to the film “Mad Max” directed by George Miller, BTA reports. Filming wrapped earlier this month.
The 39-year-old entertainer said he will take a break from acting after the promotional tour for “Limitless” is over, as well as his remaining commitments under that contract.
He will return to Australia to spend more time with his partner, actress Elsa Pataky, and their three children.