Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, star of the “Thor” saga, has discovered that he has a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s during his new documentary series, “Limitless,” and plans to take a break as soon as his promotion ends, Variety said Friday.
His grandfather suffers from this disease and because he himself carries two copies of the APOE4 gene, one from his mother and the other from his father, it makes you have eight to 10 more chances of contracting it, notes that magazine.
The interpreter, married since 2010 to the Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, with whom he has three children, specifies that it is only “a strong indication” that does not have to lead to that evil.
In “Limitless”, Hemsworth, 39, puts his body at the service of science. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky proposes physical and emotional challenges to enhance your longevity, such as coping with stress from the top of a skyscraper, swimming in the Arctic or fasting for several days.
The six episodes of National Geographic premiered this Wednesday on the Disney+ platform.
Hemsworth underwent genetic testing, and the results slightly changed the shooting plans. The doctor of the fifth chapter, Peter Attia, called Aronofsky to tell him that he couldn’t announce them in front of the camera and that it was better that they had a conversation in private.
Although the diagnosis surprised him, the actor preferred not to magnify it: “I didn’t want to manipulate it, over-dramatize it, or turn it into an attempt at empathy”he adds in Vanity Fair magazine, where he jokes that since then he feels that his memory is getting worse.
In an interview with the Good Morning America program, the actor also acknowledged this week that this was his biggest fear: “The thought of not being able to remember the life I’ve had, my wife and my children is probably my biggest fear”said.