Chris Hemsworth is taking “time off” from acting after wrapping up the press tour for his new Disney+ docu-series Limitless.
The 39-year-old actor told Vanity Fair that after filming the final episode of the series, which is about mortality and death, he decided to take a career break to spend time with his family. The Thor star shares daughter India, 10, and twin sons Tristan and Sasha, 8, with his wife Elsa Pataky, 46.
“Doing an episode about death and confronting your own mortality made me go, ‘Oh god, I’m not ready to go yet,'” he said.
He continued, “I want to sit and be in this room with a greater sense of stillness and gratitude.”
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“And then you start talking about kids and family and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, they’re getting older, they’re growing up, and I keep hitting one movie after another.’ Before you know it they’ll be 18 and moved out of the house and I missed the window.”
The Australian native explained: “It really triggered something in me that I wanted to take some time off.
“Now when I finish this tour this week I’m going home and I’m going to have a good time off and just simplify. Being with the kids, being with my wife.”
In the six-part series, Hemsworth tests his physical and mental limits as he explores how to fight aging and extend life.
While filming the show, Hemsworth learned that he was 8 to 10 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than the average person.
In the fifth episode, he meets with longevity doctor Dr. Peter Attia and undergoes a series of genetic tests.
“We have every blood test you can get,” Attia tells Hemsworth on the show. “And you have two copies of APOE4. One set from your mother and one set from your father.”
APOE4 is the gene that has the strongest correlation to the development of Alzheimer’s disease; however, not much is known about it.
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“The idea that I can’t remember the life I’ve experienced, or my wife, my children, is probably my biggest fear,” the “Avengers” star shared openly in the episode.
Attia told Hemsworth, “I believe that if we take every step possible, we can reduce your risk to everyone else’s.”
The Extraction actor also revealed that his grandfather has the condition. “He either doesn’t remember who we are, you know, his grandchildren, but also his own children, for years. It’s heartbreaking.”
In his interview with Vanity Fair, Hemsworth said that this revelation prompted him to make significant changes in his life. He also revealed that Disney+ had offered to cut his test scores from the episode.
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“I thought, ‘No, look, if this is a motivator for people to take better care of themselves and also to understand that there are steps you can take — then fantastic,'” Hemsworth told the outlet.
“My concern was that I just didn’t want to manipulate it and over-dramatize it and make it sort of a hokey-grip for empathy or whatever entertainment.”
Fox News Digital’s Caroline Thayer contributed to this report.