Chris Hemsworth discovers he has Alzheimer's risk

Writer: Heidi Hsia

The actor fears losing memories of his loved ones
The actor fears losing memories of his loved ones

23 Nov - Chris Hemsworth recently revealed that doing a National Geographic original series earlier has now made him reflect about life and death more, though stressed that he didn't want it to be dramatised by others.

The actor, whose show "Limitless with Chris Hemsworth" led him to discover the APOE4 gene that is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, stated that he was told that having the gene made him 8 to 10 times more likely to develop the disease.

At the same time, the test did not surprise him, as his grandfather also has Alzheimer's, said Hemsworth.

Chris Hemsworth promotes his new show, "Limitless"
Chris Hemsworth promotes his new show, "Limitless"

"There was an intensity to navigating it. Most of us, we like to avoid speaking about death in the hope that we'll somehow avoid it. We all have this belief that we'll figure it out. Then to all of a sudden be told some big indicators are actually pointing to this as the route which is going to happen, the reality of it sinks in. Your own mortality," he said.

"My concern was I just didn't want to manipulate it and overdramatise it, and make it into some sort of hokey grab at empathy, or whatever, for entertainment," Hemsworth says. "It's not like I've been handed my resignation."

Chris also added that another episode of the show, specifically about death made him realise that he is not ready to go yet and want to have more time with family.

"And since we finished the show, I've been completing the things I was already contracted to do. Now when I finish this tour this week, I'm going home and I'm going to have a good chunk of time off and just simplify. Be with the kids, be with my wife," he added.

 Chris Hemsworth wants to spend more time with his kids
Chris Hemsworth wants to spend more time with his kids
 ... and wife, Elsa Pataky
... and wife, Elsa Pataky

Cinema Online, 23 November 2022

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