Chris Hemsworth is taking “time off” from acting after wrapping up the press tour for his new Disney+ documentary series “Limitless.”
the 39 year old actor he told Vanity Fair that after filming the final episode of the series, which focuses on mortality and death, he decided to take a break from his career to spend time with his family. The “Thor” star shares his daughter India, 10, and twin sons Tristan and Sasha, 8, with his wife Elsa Pataky, 46.
“Doing an episode about death and facing your own mortality made me go, ‘Oh, gosh, I’m not ready to go yet,'” he said.
He continued, “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 and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, they’re getting older, they’re growing up, and I keep slapping another movie on top of another movie.'” Before you know it, they’re 18, they moved house and I missed the window.”
the Australian native he explained, “It really triggered something in me that I wanted to take some time off. And since we finished the show, I’ve been completing things that I was already contracted to do.”
“Now when I finish this tour this week, I’m going to go home and have a good amount of free time and just keep it simple. I’ll be with the kids, I’ll be with my wife.”
In the six-part series, Hemsworth tests his physical and mental limits as he explores how to combat aging and extend life.
While filming the show, Hemsworth learned that he is 8 to 10 times more likely than the average individual to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
In the fifth episode, he meets longevity doctor Dr. Peter Attia and undergoes a series of genetic tests.
“We have all the blood tests you can get,” Attia tells Hemsworth on the show. “And you have two copies of APOE4. One set from your mom and one from your dad.”
APOE4 is the gene that has the strongest correlation with the development of Alzheimer disease; however, not much is known about it.
“The idea that I won’t be able to remember the life I experienced, or my wife, my children, is probably my biggest fear.” the star of “The Avengers” candidly shared in the episode.
Attia told Hemsworth: “I think if we take all the steps we can, we can reduce your risk to anyone else’s.”
The ‘Extraction’ actor also revealed that his grandfather has the disease. “He doesn’t remember who we are, you know, his grandchildren, but also his own children, for years. He’s heartbreaking.”
In his interview with Vanity Fair, Hemsworth said that this revelation led him to make significant changes in his life. He also revealed that Disney+ offered to cut his test results from the episode.
“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,'” Hemsworth told the outlet.
“My concern was that I just didn’t want to manipulate it and over-dramatize it, and turn it into some kind of empathy hogwash or whatever for entertainment.”
Fox News Digital’s Caroline Thayer contributed to this report.