The actor said that while genetic predisposition means he has a higher chance of developing the condition, it’s not a guaranteed outcome.
Hollywood superstar Chris Hemsworth has announced he will refrain from acting after revealing he has a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease due to a genetic predisposition. The actor inherited two copies of the APOE4 gene from his parents, which increases the likelihood of developing the degenerative neurological disorder.
Speaking on National Geographic’s 6-episode Limitless series, the actor who plays Norse deity Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe said: “It really sparked something in me to want to take some time off. . And since we finished the show, I finished the things that I was already committed to. Now when I finish this 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 kids, be with my wife.
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease where neurons, brain cells and the connections between neurons slowly begin to break down. As a result, people suffering from the disease lose significant portions of memory along with other neurological issues like confusion. No cure currently exists for the disease.
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The actor added that although genetic predisposition means he has a higher chance of developing the condition, it is not a guaranteed outcome. The actor discovered his superior disposition during one of the episodes as the series tries to explore the limits of his body. When Disney offered to keep the part where he first learns about the predisposition on the cutting room floor, the actor refused.
Hemsworth said he wanted the moment to stay on the show as long as it could inspire or motivate others to take better care of themselves and also encourage them to take the necessary steps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
“My concern was that I just didn’t want to manipulate it and over-dramatize it and turn it into some kind of hokey empathy take or anything for entertainment,” he added.
(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)