Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth recently revealed that he is at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease due to a genetic predisposition. Soon after, he announced that he would be taking some time off from acting. The 39-year-old Australian actor learned about the diagnosis while undergoing routine tests while filming a new docuseries, which will stream 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 stressed that it is not an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis, nor does it mean that he will definitely get the disease, but it is a cause for concern. The shocking revelation was made during an interview with Vanity Fair.
The actor said on an episode of National Geographic’s Limitless: “It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off. And since we’re done with the show, I’ve completed the things I was already contracted to do. Now, when I’m finishing this tour this week, I’m going home and I’m going to have a good chunk of free time and just simplify it Be with the kids, be with my wife.
During the Vanity Fair interview, ‘Thor’ actor said the diagnosis came as 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 avoid talking about death. Then when you’re suddenly told that some big indicators point to this being the route that’s going to happen, the reality of it sinks in. Your own mortality,” he said .
“It’s about one in a thousand people… or one in 10,000. I can’t remember. But eight to 10 times more likely,” he told Vanity Fair. memory gets worse. It’s a placebo effect, or it’s happening.’
“My concern was 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. It’s not like I got fired,” he added.
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