'Thor' actor Chris Hemsworth discovers that he has a high risk of Alzheimer's and stops acting for a while: "Need a break"
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Chris Hemsworth (39) has a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease. The Australian actor discovered this during the recording of a documentary for Disney +, in which he investigates how he can live longer. Hemsworth then decided to temporarily put his acting career on the back burner and spend more time with his family.

Hemsworth’s DNA contains the APOE4 gene, which makes his risk of Alzheimer’s eight to ten times higher than average. In an interview with Vanity Fair Hemsworth announced on Thursday that as a result of that discovery he will temporarily pause his acting career after the PR campaign for the documentary Limitless.

Hemsworth’s grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s. “I don’t know if he remembers anything, and he often speaks Dutch, his native language,” Hemsworth said Vanity Fair. Confronting the news that he himself has a high chance of contracting the disease made Hemsworth realize that he is “not ready to say goodbye just yet”. “It’s not that I’m suddenly confronted with the ending, but it did push me not to act for a while. It has released something in me that makes me need a break.”

The actor recently participated in the films extraction 2 and the MadMaxprequel Furiosa, but the shooting of both films has already been completed. “When the PR campaign for this documentary is over, I’m going home. I’m going to take a long time off and simplify life: just spend time with my kids and my wife.”

Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky (46) have three children: India (10) and twins Sasha and Tristan (8).

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