Chris Hemsworth is planning to break from acting after discovering he has a genetic Alzheimer’s disease predisposition.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe actor made the discovery on his own Disney+ docuseries “Limitless.”
His DNA consists of two copies of the APOE4 gene, which makes him “eight to 10 times” more likely to develop the neurologic disorder than the average person.
Hemsworth talked with Vanity Fair about his career’s future, possibly playing Thor again and taking time off.
While it’s not an official diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, it does raise concern.
“Yeah, it’s like one in a thousand people…or one in 10,000. I can’t remember. But eight to 10 times more likely.
Since you told me that, I feel like my memory’s getting worse. It’s a placebo effect—or it’s taking place! [Laughs],” he told Vanity Fair.
“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,”
Hemsworth added via the entertainment news outlet. “It’s not like I’ve been handed my resignation.”
Hemsworth has starred in four Thor movies. He’s the only MCU star to have four standalone films thus far.
At the end of the latest film “Thor: Love And Thunder,” a title card said the star will return.
“Look, I’m completely open to it, if there is something unique and fresh and unexpected to do with the character and the world,” he told Vanity Fair.
“I’ve always loved the experience. I’ve been very thankful I’ve been able to do something different each time.”