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.”