Chris Hemsworth Is ‘Taking A Huge Step Back’ From Acting Following Heartbreaking Diagnosis

Chris Hemsworth Alzeihmer’s: The Thor star is taking a break from acting following his diagnosis.
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Chris Hemsworth is ‘taking a huge step back’ from acting following a heartbreaking diagnosis.

The Thor star is best known for his portrayal of the Norse God in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

He has also starred in films such as Extraction, Rush and Men In Black: International.

However, Hemsworth has had to make an announcement regarding his acting career following a sad update to his health.

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The Avengers star has revealed that his career will be slowing down after learning that he is at a very high risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s.

While working on his docuseries Limitless, Hemsworth discovered his DNA includes two copies of the gene APOE4, one from his mother, and the other from his father – which studies have linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Hemsworth says: “Most of us, we like to avoid speaking about death.

“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.”

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He adds that his grandfather has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and often ‘slips in and out of Dutch’, English and a ‘mash-up and then maybe some other new words as well’.

Hemsworth emphasises, however, that he is not retiring by any means, but ‘it’s a more curated approach to things’.

The Ghostbusters star currently has four projects in the works, including an upcoming Avengers sequel where he will return as Thor and an untitled biopic about wrestling icon Hulk Hogan.

But after these, his schedule will start to clear.

A source tells Page Six: “He doesn’t plan to take on many roles because of [learning about his high risk for] Alzheimer’s.”

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth is slowing down in his acting career to reduce his risk of Alzheimer’s. Credit: @chrishemsworth/Instagram

The Spiderhead star recalls moments when directors he has worked with him have expressed regret about being away from their partners and children for long periods of time, as they miss their kids growing up.

Hemsworth tells the publication: “And then you start talking about kids and family and going, ‘Oh my God, they’re getting older, they’re growing up and I keep slapping another movie on top of another movie’.

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“Before you know it, they’re 18 and they’ve moved out of the house, and I missed the window.

“It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off. 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.”

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a former content editor at IGV who specialised in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.