Chris Hemsworth plans to retire from acting after discovering he has a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s.
The actor learned this while filming Limitless, a documentary series for National Geographic about “confronting the natural decline that comes with aging.” As it turned out, he is a carrier of two copies of a gene associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Although this is not an official diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, it is troubling.
Yes, it’s like one in a thousand people… or one in 10,000. I can’t remember. But the probability is eight to ten times higher. Since you told me this, I feel like my memory is getting worse. Of course, this is just a placebo effect. What bothered me was that I didn’t want to manipulate it and dramatize it and turn it into some kind of joking attempt at empathy or something for fun. It really made me want to take a little time out. Since we filmed the show, I’ve been finishing things that I already had contracts on, and now that I’m done with the tour this week, I’m going to go home and take a good chunk of my free time to just relax. Stay with the kids, with the wife
Hemsworth has appeared in four Thor films. He is the only MCU star to have four independent films to date. At the end of the last movie, Thor: Love and Thunder, it was said in the credits that the star would return.
“Look, I’m totally open to it if there’s something unique and fresh and unexpected to do with the character and the world,” he told Vanity Fair. “I have always enjoyed this experience. I was very grateful that every time I was able to do something new.”