The recording of the documentary limitless of National Geographic has changed the life of Chris Hemsworth (Melbourne, 39 years old). The Australian actor has a lot to thank for his new documentary series, which focuses on exploring the potential of the human body and how it affects the passage of time. The star of Thor He underwent a series of genetic tests to see —through his DNA— what the future held for him. And she found out. Doctors found two copies of the APOE4 gene, one from her mother and one from her father, which studies have linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. And he has decided not to hide it from the public and talk about it in interviews to raise awareness about the importance of having medical checkups.
limitless shows the interpreter pushing his body to the limit to overcome stress, maximize performance and fight aging. It’s not until the fifth episode, Memory, when a doctor explains to him what they have found in his DNA. “They did blood tests and a lot of tests. The idea was to explain the results to me in front of the camera and talk about how it could be improved”, explains the actor in an interview with Vanity Fair. “Petter Attia, who is the doctor and who oversees a lot of the show, called Darren Aronofsky [creador del programa] and said, ‘I don’t want to say this to the camera. We need to have a conversation outside of the game to find out if he wants this to be on the show.’ It was pretty shocking,” Hemsworth recounts.
The tests revealed that marvel star you have eight to ten more chances of developing the disease in the future. One in four people has only one copy of the gene, but not even 3% of the population has both, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health in 2021. “The show, which was initially about longevity, should have been fun, and it became very important to me,” he continues in the interview. Taking advantage of the diagnosis, the doctor explained the procedure to follow and what he needed to do to prevent and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Although the opinion took the actor by surprise, his grandfather was diagnosed with the disease in an advanced stage, so he already knew the risk of being a carrier of the gene. “He speaks Dutch, mixes languages and then makes up new words,” Hemsworth explains. He did not want at any time to make a show of the diagnosis and took it with another life lesson: “I did not want to manipulate it, over-dramatize it or turn it into an attempt at empathy on the part of others.” In fact, the interpreter was offered to broadcast the episode without talking about the disease: “This can be a motivation for people to take better care of themselves and for them to understand that there are steps they can take to prevent it.”
Since 2010, Hemsworth has been married to the Spanish actress Elsa Pataky, with whom he has three children: India Rose (10 years old) and the twins Sasha and Tristan (8). The interpreter has not told them anything: “I don’t think they can understand it. It’s not like they gave me a death date and it was in a few months. It is not that situation, fortunately. Someday I’m sure we’ll discuss it so they can get tested.” In a interview for tv show Good Morning America He also acknowledged that his “greatest fear” is forgetting about his family: “The idea that I will not be able to remember the life I have experienced, my wife or my children… is probably my greatest fear.”
“The idea that I won’t be able to remember the life I’ve experienced or my wife, my kids, this is probably my biggest fear.”@Chris Hemsworth discovers he has a risk of developing Alzheimer’s eight to 10 times higher than the general population while filming his @NatGeo Show. pic.twitter.com/GAx3igKjdj
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 17, 2022
Since the episode was taped, Hemsworth has been completely focused on his health. “I am grateful that I have a whole arsenal of tools to better prepare and prevent bad things from happening. The benefit of preventive steps is that it affects the rest of your life”, underlines the actor. The Hollywood star acknowledges that he has already gotten used to those closest to him making jokes about the diagnosis. “I feel like my memory is getting worse. It will be a placebo effect… or it’s happening!… It’s my excuse now”, he joked in the interview in Vanity Fair.
He is not the first public figure to be given a negative diagnosis as a result of a television program. In September, actor Ryan Reynolds discovered a polyp while filming her first colonoscopy as part of a challenge to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of colorectal cancer. An act that, as he explained, saved his life.