As a result of learning that he has a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, Chris Hemsworth has decided to forgo acting opportunities. The discovery was made by the “Thor” actor while he was filming his Disney+ documentary series Limitless. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s, can affect memory, confusion, and conversation.
Hemsworth learned that he carries two types of the ApoE4 gene, one from each parent, increasing his risk of developing the condition by eight to ten times compared to people who don’t carry both copies of the gene. Although he added that “It’s not like I’ve been handed my resignation,” but added the news “really triggered something in me to want to take some time off”. He further added, “If you look at Alzheimer’s prevention, the benefit of preventative steps is that it affects the rest of your life,” he said.
The Australian actor has four upcoming roles, including a role as Thor in the upcoming Avengers sequel and an untitled Hulk Hogan biopic. After these endeavours, he “doesn’t plan to take on many roles after learning about his high risk for Alzheimer’s,” according to sources. The 39-year-old actor announced that after finishing the “Limitless” publicity tour and his other contractual obligations, he would step away from acting to spend time with his three daughters and partner, actor Elsa Patak, before returning to Byron Bay, Australia.