Chris Hemsworth recently sat down with Vanity Fair and revealed he’s planning to take a good chunk of time off work once his press tour for the Disney+ series Limitless wraps.
In the fifth episode of the series, Hemsworth meets with a doctor and it’s revealed that he has a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s disease. Hemsworth’s genetic makeup includes two copies of the gene APOE4, one from his mother, and the other from his father, which studies have linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
One in four people carry a single copy of the gene, but only 2 to 3% of the population have both, according to a 2021 study by the National Institutes of Health. This means Chris is eight to 10 times more likely to develop the disease. And his grandfather is currently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Although Hemsworth said it’s not like he’s handing in his resignation, it has made him reassess a few things.
“It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off, and since we finished the show, I’ve been completing the things 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 chunk of time off and just simplify. Be with the kids, be with my wife.”
Let’s get something straight, Chris isn’t dying or actually has Alzheimer’s, he is just taking some much-needed time off and changing a few things. He’s had a very hectic 11 years after his meteoric rise to international stardom since he first appeared as Thor in 2011.
Hemsworth has already completed production on movies such as Netflix’s Extraction 2 and the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel, Furiosa. The actor said that Disney offered him a version of Limitless that cut out the diagnosis, but he was adamant about leaving it in.
“Look, if this is a motivator for people to take better care of themselves and also understand that there are steps you can take—then fantastic.
My concern was I just didn’t want to manipulate it and overdramatize it, and make it into some sort of hokey grab at empathy or whatever for entertainment.”
I like Hemsworth, he genuinely seems like a grounded, top bloke. Something which is unique in an industry rife with egomaniacs who are spoiled, out-of-touch arseholes, and I wish him all the best.
At least in the future, he’ll forget he made Thor Love And Thunder. Yeah dark humor, it’s how we British cope. It’s a defense mechanism. I’m not crying, you are.