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Chris Hemsworth on 'Intensity' of finding out he had increased risk of Alzheimer's while filming 'Limitless'

Chris Hemsworth said he discovered while filming Limitless that he had the APOE4 gene, which is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease was intense, but he didn’t want it to be a “fake empathy” for entertainment on the show.

talks to Vanity Fair about his new The National Geographic Original Series, Infinity with Chris Heim Swarth, the actor opened up as he explored the revelation with the crew, his family and audience.

According to the Marvel star, the experience brought him to face his own death. “There’s an intensity to navigating it,” he said. “Most of us like to avoid talking about death, wishing we could somehow avoid it. We all believed we’d figure it out. Then all of a sudden being told some big indicators actually point to this route going to happen, the reality of it is in Right now.”

The actor, who co-produced the show with creator and producer Darren Aronofsky, said he found he had Two copies of the gene – which can increase the odds of Alzheimer’s disease8 – according to the Mayo Clinic , twelvefold — after a blood test as part of the show’s fifth episode.

“They took all my blood and ran a series of tests and the plan was to tell me all the results on camera and then discuss how to improve this and that. Peter Attia is that One episode of Doctor Longevity, who has overseen a lot of shows, called Darren and said, ‘I don’t want to tell him this on camera. We need to have an off-set conversation to see if he wants this on the show,'” Hemsworth recalled.

Furiosa star says he got the news over a brief phone call, but it’s still “pretty shocking” ’” He was with his parents at the time, and they had as many problems as the actors. “I hung up and my parents were there. They were like, ‘What was that about?'” he recalls. “I told them and they had a bunch of questions. I had a bunch of questions and no one answered.”

Hemsworth admitted he wished he had “a A deeper follow-up” as it left him wondering whether to worry or not. Despite not really knowing what to think, the actor said the production process was careful, offering the Limitless host “an episodic version of it that we’re not talking about.” Sea Msworth declined.

“I thought, ‘No, look, if this is an incentive for people to take better care of themselves and also understand that there are steps you can take – that would be great Already,’ ” he told the magazine. “My concern is that I just don’t want to manipulate it and over-dramatize it and turn it into some kind of affectation for empathy or other entertainment purposes.”

When Hemsworth Speaking to his parents about the revelation, he said he has yet to talk to his children about it. It was a move he didn’t think was necessary yet.

“I don’t think they can grasp the concept or understanding, so no,” he explained. “It’s not like I’ve handed in my resignation, that’s what it is – and it’s coming in a few months. Thank goodness that’s not the case. One day I’ll bring it up. They might want to test themselves and [find out]’ Are you one of the sensitive categories?’”



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