Chris Hemsworth announces he’s taking ‘time off’ acting following shock health news

Chris Hemsworth has revealed he will be taking a break from acting to spend time with his family after discovering he is at risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Thor star, 39, told Vanity Fair, he has decided to take ‘time off’ after filming a confronting episode about death on his new Disney+ docu-series Limitless.

‘Doing an episode on death and facing your own mortality made me go, “Oh God, I’m not ready to go yet”,’ he said.

Chris Hemsworth has announced he’s taking ‘time off’ acting following shock health news after undergoing extensive bloodwork on his new show

‘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…’

Chris explained: ‘It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off. And since we finished the show, I have been completing the things I was already contracted to do.’

He said he has decided to have a ‘good chunk of time off’ with his wife Elsa Pataky and their three children – India, 10, and twin boys Sasha and Tristan, 8.

The Thor star, 39, told Vanity Fair, he has decided to take 'time off' after filming a confronting episode about death on his new Disney+ docu-series Limitless

The Thor star, 39, told Vanity Fair, he has decided to take ‘time off’ after filming a confronting episode about death on his new Disney+ docu-series Limitless

The actor and his wife Elsa Pataky arrived back in Australia on Monday via private jet.

Chris is back Down Under after wrapping reshoots for Extraction 2 in Prague, and finishing a whirlwind promotional visit to USA for his new series Limitless.

The Spiderhead star looked relaxed as he made his way across the tarmac at the Byron Bay airport near their home.

The actor and his wife Elsa Pataky arrived back in Australia on Monday via private jet

The actor and his wife Elsa Pataky arrived back in Australia on Monday via private jet

Chris is back Down Under after wrapping reshoots for Extraction 2 in Prague, and finishing a whirlwind promotional visit to USA for his new series Limitless

Chris is back Down Under after wrapping reshoots for Extraction 2 in Prague, and finishing a whirlwind promotional visit to USA for his new series Limitless

The Spiderhead star looked relaxed as he made his way across the tarmac at the Byron Bay airport near their home

The Spiderhead star looked relaxed as he made his way across the tarmac at the Byron Bay airport near their home

Elsa was dressed for comfort and donned a black hoodie which was worn zipped shut

Elsa was dressed for comfort and donned a black hoodie which was worn zipped shut

Chris dressed casually in a white T-shirt paired with olive green trousers as he strolled from the plane.

He added a pair of white sneakers to the ensemble and had on a black cap, as well as sunglasses.

The performer carried a number of items including a black backpack and a coat slung over his arm.

Chris dressed casually in a white T-shirt paired with olive green trousers as he strolled from the plane

Chris dressed casually in a white T-shirt paired with olive green trousers as he strolled from the plane

He added a pair of white sneakers to the ensemble and had on a black cap, as well as sunglasses

He added a pair of white sneakers to the ensemble and had on a black cap, as well as sunglasses

Elsa added a pair of black tights that fit close to her trim pins, and had on a pair of beige and white sneakers

Elsa added a pair of black tights that fit close to her trim pins, and had on a pair of beige and white sneakers

The performer carried a number of items including a black backpack and a coat slung over his arm

The performer carried a number of items including a black backpack and a coat slung over his arm

Elsa meanwhile was dressed for comfort and donned a black hoodie which was worn zipped shut.

She added a pair of black tights that fit close to her trim pins, and had on a pair of beige and white sneakers.

It comes after Chris discovered he is genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s, causing him to confront his ‘own mortality’ while filming the show.

The couple lives in a $20 million mansion in Byron Bay

The couple lives in a $20 million mansion in Byron Bay

Elsa wore her caramel locks down in curls and carried a crossbody bag

Elsa wore her caramel locks down in curls and carried a crossbody bag

The pair were surrounded by minders including one carrying a box of donuts

The pair were surrounded by minders including one carrying a box of donuts

After having bloodwork done for the program, he was informed that he is ‘between eight and 10 times’ more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than the general population, because he is one of only two to three percent of people with two copies of the gene APOE4.

Playing on Chris’ stardom through superhero movies, Limitless follows him as he pushes up against the boundaries of what his body can do.

He will be seen on the Disney+ program pursuing various physical goals, such as what Variety reports was 40lbs of weight gain for a Thor film.

'It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off.  And since we finished the show, I have been completing the things I was already contracted to do,' Chris said

‘It really triggered something in me to want to take some time off. And since we finished the show, I have been completing the things I was already contracted to do,’ Chris said

The blood work he got in aid of the show resulted in the bombshell news that he is several times more likely than the general population to get Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain condition characterized in part by memory loss.

However there are evidently a number of steps that people in his position can take to reduce their level of risk, such as ensuring they get a good night’s sleep, curbing their alcohol intake and cutting out cigarettes, according to the CDC.

As a result, Chris reacted to the news of his own predisposition to Alzheimer’s by cultivating a healthier lifestyle.

It comes after Chris discovered he is genetically predisposed to Alzheimer's, causing him to confront his 'own mortality' while filming the show

It comes after Chris discovered he is genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s, causing him to confront his ‘own mortality’ while filming the show

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