APOE4 gene: Chris Hemsworth’s surprising Alzheimer’s risk

Chris Hemsworth in the Disney+ series 'Limitless.' (Source: Disney+ via CNN)

Paris, 2022-11-21 08:28:00. APOE4 gene: Chris Hemsworth’s surprising Alzheimer’s risk

Chris Hemsworth embarked on a physically demanding personal journey for his new series, “Limitless,” which ultimately led to a real-life revelation.

The “Thor” actor, 39, learns in episode one of the Disney+/National Geographic limited series — which shows him exploring ways to boost his longevity and fight aging — that he has two copies of the APOE4 gene, one from each of his parents, meaning he has a predisposition to increased incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

“They took all my blood and ran a bunch of tests and the plan was to tell me on camera all the results and then talk about how to improve this and that,” Hemsworth shared with Vanity Fair in an article published Thursday. Peter Attia, the longevity doctor in that episode, and supervisor of much of the show, has called [“Limitless” creator] Darren [Aronofsky] He said, “I don’t want to tell him this in front of the camera.” We need to have a conversation off the side and see if he even wants this to be on the show. It was very shocking because he called me and told me.”

Upon learning of the news, Hemsworth said he “had a bunch of questions,” later adding that he “didn’t really know what I should be thinking. I was like, ‘Am I supposed to be worried?'” Is this worrying? “

He also said that the show at that time “has become more relevant and important to me, even more exciting than I thought it would be,” adding that APOE4 “is not a pre-determinism gene, but it is a strong indicator. Ten years in the past, I think it was seen as a decisive factor.”

The new information, which Hemsworth said made him “eight to 10 times more likely” to eventually develop Alzheimer’s disease, naturally led him to contemplate death and mortality.

“There was an intensity of navigating it,” he told Vanity Fair. “Most of us like to avoid talking about death in the hope that we can somehow avoid it.” “We all have this belief that we’re going to figure it out. Then all of a sudden we’re told that some big pointer is actually pointing to this as the way it’s going to happen, and the reality of it just sinks in.”

“Limitless,” which shows the Marvel star engaging in various stunts and practices to extend and enhance his life, actually deals with facing death in the final episode.

“I think that’s my favorite episode. Where I worked with a dying Doula and people who worked in palliative care and end-of-life care and then I talked to a number of people who were at the end of their days or coming through – even young people who had been diagnosed with cancer and didn’t have long to live.” , He said.

He later added, “Doing an episode about death and facing your death made me go, ‘Oh my God, I’m not ready to go yet.’” “I want to sit and be in that place with a greater sense of stillness and gratitude. And then you start talking about kids and family and going, “Oh my God, they’re growing up, growing up and I keep slapping another movie on top of another movie. Before you know it, they’re 18 and they’re out of the house, and I’ve missed the window.”

While preparing for the show to air, Hemsworth also stated that he was “showed a version of the episode that we haven’t talked about [his discovered genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s]But the prospect of helping others helped him overcome 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 great.'” My concern was that I didn’t want to manipulate and dramatize it, make it some kind of sympathy obsession or something else for my entertainment.”

Hemsworth, who most recently appeared as the MCU’s God of Thunder in his fourth solo outing this summer “Thor: Love and Thunder,” is set to appear in another sequel, “Extraction 2,” next year and is also finalizing a role that has yet to be revealed. In the 2024 movie “Furiosa,” co-starring Anya Taylor-Joy, set in the “Mad Max” universe.

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