Thor’s interpreter was shooting his new series “Without Limits” when he discovered that he had a very high predisposition to developing Alzheimer’s disease.
During the recording of “Unlimited”Australian actor Chris Hemsworth discovered that it has a gene related to predisposition and therefore increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
He told Vanity Fair in a promotional interview for the series, in which he donates his body to science.
The discovery is said to have happened while they were recording, but they’ve kept it off-screen and in private until now.
It was named after genetic testing was done for episode 5 “Memory”when the actor behind Thor was revealed via a phone call that had two copies — one from his mother and one from his father — of the APOE4 gene, which is linked to the disease.
“They took all my blood work and did a bunch of tests and the plan was to tell me all the results on camera and then talk about how to improve this and that. And Peter Attia, who is the longevity doctor in that episode and oversees much of the show, called the [creador del programa] Darren [Aronofsky] and said: “I don’t want to tell him this on camera. We need to have a private conversation and see if he wants this on the show.”. It was quite shocking because he called me and told me,” he said.
However, he stated that this discovery made doing the show more relevant to him. “It was a really good catalyst to dive into anything I had to do in terms of prevention or management or however you want to classify it. It is not a predetermining gene, but is a strong indication. Ten years ago I think it was seen more as a determining factor,” he said.
Chris Hemsworth stated that the news did not come as a total surprise to him his grandfather lives with Alzheimer’s diseaseHowever, he admitted that having memory problems is one of his biggest fears: “The idea of Not being able to remember the life I’ve had, my wife and my children, is probably my greatest fear.“.