Chris Hemsworth has revealed he has a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s disease.
The Thor actor discovered the likelihood while undertaking a number of genetic tests while working on docuseries Limitless.
Doctors on the show told Hemsworth he carries two copies of a gene closely associated with Alzehimer’s-related dementia – which is only estimated for three per cent of the population.
Hemsworth said his grandfather is currently dealing with the disease himself, and told Vanity Fair: “I’m not sure he actually remembers much anymore and he slips in and out of Dutch, which is his original language, so he’ll be talking Dutch and English and then a mash-up and then maybe some other new words as well.”
The actor went on to discuss the predisposition, saying it’s not a diagnosis but a “strong indication”: “It’s not like I’ve been handed my resignation. It’s not a pre-deterministic gene, but it is a strong indication. Ten years ago, I think it was more thought of as determinant.”
Hemsworth said he is planning on taking time off work after filming as a result of the news.
“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,” he explained.
“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.”
Chris Hemsworth paid tribute to his eldest daughter, India, earlier this year on social media, calling her his “favourite superhero”.