After a career sprint of more than 10 years, actor Chris Hemsworth is ready to slow down. The actor has announced in a new interview with Vanity Fair that he will be taking “some time off” following the reveal while filming his Disney+ original series. Boundless that he has a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease.
This discovery was simply the most powerful of a series of moments during production that forced the actor to face “the reality” of his own mortality. “It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off. And since we ended the show, I’ve finished the things I was already contracted to do,” Hemsworth revealed. ‘If I finish this now [press] tour this week, I’m going home and I’m going to have a good chunk of free time and just simplify. Be with the children, be with my wife.
Hemsworth’s medical revelation comes in the fifth episode of Boundless, which debuted in full on Disney+ on Wednesday. The details of the diagnosis, according to Vanity Fair, are as follows: “His makeup contains two copies of the APOE4 gene, one from his mother, the other from his father, which studies have linked to an increased risk of the Alzheimer’s disease. 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 from the National Institutes of Health.”
Hemsworth stressed in the interview that he has not been given a “hard diagnosis” of Alzheimer’s disease, even though the double occurrence of APOE4 is indeed “cause for concern”, clarifying that “it’s not like I’ve been fired” of acting. Yet the actor, whose grandfather has the disease that gradually affects memory, is now 8-10 times more likely to develop it.
He noted during the Vanity Fair interview that Disney discussed with him the idea of omitting his diagnosis Boundless, though he eventually insisted that it be reflected in the final cut. “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 that’s fantastic,” he noted. “My concern was that I just didn’t want to manipulate and overdramatize it, and turn it into some kind of lame joke of empathy or whatever for entertainment.”
The other silver lining of the Alzheimer’s revelation for Hemsworth is that he can now take concrete “preventative steps,” knowing even more about his sleep, fitness, nutrition and stress levels to maximize the potential minimizing that one day he will get the disease. “For me, the positive thing about it was, ‘Okay, if I didn’t know this [Alzheimer’s] information, I would not have made the changes I made, ”said the actor. “I just wasn’t aware of it, so now I’m thankful to have the kind of tools in my arsenal to prepare myself the best I can and prevent things from happening that way.”
Hesmworth’s series created by Darren Aronofsky for Disney+ explores the new scientific research that shatters conventional wisdom about the human body, offering fascinating insights into how we can all unlock our bodies’ superpowers to fight disease, perform better and even reverse the aging process. This science is put to the test by Hemsworth, who, despite being in peak form as a superhero, is on a personal mission to learn how to extend our health, strength, and intellect further into our later years.
The actor recently reprized his MCU role as Thor in front of Thor: Love and Thunder and will then appear in the crazy max precursor Furiosa and that of Netflix Extraction 2 – projects on which he has already wrapped production. It is not yet clear how long his professional hiatus will last.