Chris Hemsworth launched into a private and bodily demanding journey for his new sequence “Limitless” that in the end led to a sobering discovery.
The “Thor” actor, 39, learns in a single episode of the restricted Disney+/National Geographic sequence – which reveals him exploring methods to reinforce his longevity and fight growing old – that he has two copies of the APOE4 gene, one from every of his mother and father, which means he has a heightened predisposition for growing Alzheimer’s illness.
“They took all my bloodwork and did a bunch of tests and the plan was to on-camera tell me all the results and then talk about how you can improve this and that,” Hemsworth shared with Vanity Fair in an article revealed on Thursday. “And Peter Attia, who is the longevity doctor in that episode, and overseeing a lot of the show, called [“Limitless” creator] Darren [Aronofsky] and mentioned, ‘I don’t need to inform him this on digicam. We have to have an off-side dialog and see if he even needs this to be within the present.’ It was fairly stunning as a result of he known as me up and he advised me.”
Upon studying the information, Hemsworth mentioned he “had a bunch of questions,” later including that he “didn’t really know what to think. I was like, ‘Am I supposed to be worried? Is this concerning?’”
He additionally mentioned that the present then “became even more relevant and important for me, even more poignant than I ever thought it would be,” including that APOE4 is “not a pre-deterministic gene, but it is a strong indication. Ten years ago, I think it was more thought of as determinant.”
The new data, which Hemsworth mentioned makes him “eight to 10 times more likely” to finally develop Alzheimer’s illness, naturally prompted him to mirror on dying and his personal mortality.
“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,” he advised Vanity Fair. “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.”
“Limitless,” which reveals the Marvel star participating in varied stunts and practices to delay and improve his life, the truth is offers with dealing with dying within the last episode.
“I think that’s my favorite episode. That’s where I worked with the death doula and people who worked in palliative care and end of life care and then spoke to a number of people who were at the end of their days or coming upon them – even younger people that were diagnosed with cancer and didn’t have long to live,” he shared.
“Doing an episode on death and facing your own mortality made me go, ‘Oh God, I’m not ready to go yet,’” he later added. “I want to sit and be in this space with a greater sense of stillness and gratitude. 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.’ Before you know it, they’re 18 and they’ve moved out of house, and I missed the window.”
In getting ready the present for air, Hemsworth additionally talked about that he was “offered a version of the episode where we didn’t talk about [his discovered genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s],” however that the prospect of serving to others helped him to recover from any hesitation.
“I thought, ‘No, look, if this is a motivator for people to take better care of themselves and also understand that there are steps you can take – then fantastic.’ My concern was I just didn’t want to manipulate it and overdramatize it, and make it into some sort of hokey grab at empathy or whatever for entertainment.”
Hemsworth, who most just lately appeared because the MCU’s God of Thunder in his fourth solo outing on this summer time’s “Thor: Love and Thunder,” is subsequent set to look in one other sequel, subsequent yr’s “Extraction 2.” He can also be wrapping up a yet-to-be-revealed position in 2024’s “Furiosa,” costarring Anya Taylor-Joy, set within the universe of “Mad Max.”