Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth recently revealed that he is at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease due to a genetic predisposition. Soon after, he announced that he would be taking a break from acting. The 39-year-old Australian actor learned of the diagnosis while undergoing routine tests while filming a new documentary series to be streamed 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 emphasized that this is not a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, 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.
During an episode of National Geographic’s Limitless, the actor said, “It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off. And since we finished the show, I’ve been finishing things that I was already contracted to do. Now that I finish This Week this tour, I’m going home and I’m going to have a good chunk of time off and I’m just going to keep it simple. To be with the kids, to be with the wife.”
During an interview with Vanity Fair, the ‘Thor’ actor said the diagnosis was no surprise as his grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease.
The actor said the news forced him to face the reality of his own mortality. “Most of us like to avoid talking about death. Then suddenly we learn that some big pointers point to it as the way to happen, the reality of it 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 it’s eight to ten times more likely,” he told Vanity Fair, adding jokingly, “Ever since you told me, I feel , Memory is getting worse. It’s a placebo effect – or it’s happening.”
“My concern was that I just didn’t want to manipulate it and over-dramatize it and make it into some kind of empathy or whatever for fun. It’s not like I was going to resign,” he added.
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