The popular Australian actor Chris Hemsworthknown for playing Thor in the Marvel film franchise, he announced it he will take a break from acting to spend more time with his family after knowing, through a genetic study, that have a higher than usual chance of developing Alzheimer’s.
According to the specialized site vulturethe 39-year-old performer received the news during filming Unlimited, a documentary series that premiered last week on the Disney+ platform directed by renowned director Darren Aronofsky.
The test that was done
in it UnlimitedHemsworth is the protagonist who he challenges himself physically and mentally with scientific experiments to study the aging process.
During the implementation of the project, Hemsworth underwent an examination and this is how it was revealed that he has two copies of the APOE4 gene, associated with an increased risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s and developing it at an early age.
This means Hemsworth is eight to ten times more likely than normal to develop this degenerative disease. It affects memory and other mental functions.
“The plan was for them to explain the results to me on camera and then talk about how I could improve them,” said the actor, moved by the dramatic situation that came to light.
He added, “Peter Attia, who is the longevity doctor in that episode and who also supervised much of the series, called Darren (Aronofsky) and said ‘NI don’t want to tell you on camera. We need to have a separate conversation and also know if he wants this to be part of the strip’Hemsworth himself said so.
Rest time and family
Also, the actor, who made his debut last July Thor: Love and thunderthe fourth solo installment of that Marvel superhero in his film franchise, he said his grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’sand that the analyzes that have been made of him have made him reflect on his own mortality and on the way in which, in recent years, he has dedicated himself almost exclusively to “making one film after another”.
“That news really sparked something in me that makes me want to take a break. And since we finished the series, I’ve been completing the projects that I already had under contract. When this week is over, I will go home and I will enjoy myself and keep it simple, I will be with my kids and my wife.said Hemsworth.
The Aussie recently finished filming his parts in the upcoming but unreleased films Extraction 2 Y furiousthe future spin-off of Mad Max: Fury Road.
However, Hemsworth stressed that he did not want to “manipulate” or “over-dramatize” the news, as what he received was “a cause for concern” and not a definitive diagnosis, so he decided to make the episode part of the series. That way, she says, other people may be able to learn that there are preventative measures to fight the disease.
“It’s not like I’ve been resigned and that’s what it is, and that will be over in a few months. It’s not exactly that situation, thankfully,” he clarified. But in the meantime he chooses to spend time with his wife, Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, and their three children, at their home in Australia.
Charles Hurd is an entertainment journalist for News Rebeat. He brings a fresh and engaging voice to the world of pop culture, covering the latest developments in film, television, music, and more.