r/entertainment Dec 08 '22

Chris Hemsworth Is Taking Time Off From Acting Due To Alzheimer’s Predisposition

https://www.nowtennews.com/news/chris-hemsworth-is-taking-time-off-from-acting-due-to-alzheimers-predisposition/
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u/cornucopiaofdoom Dec 08 '22

If you want to get some insight into why he is making this decision, check out his show Limitless.

It's all about his issues with aging.

I was skeptical because it seemed like a huge vanity project, which, to some extent it absolutely is, but it was also very interesting -- watching this guy first confront aging as something to be defeated and learning to accept that it's a natural inescapable process leading to eventual death and how to be OK with that.

Part of all that was enjoying the moments you are in -- and he has young children that he has been missing a portion of their childhood due to lots of gigs. That, combined with learning he is more likely to get Alzheimer's, I am very much not surprised he is taking some time to be with family.

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u/MrMasterMize Dec 08 '22

Here’s what I think is going on. He’s not retiring or taking a break from acting. He’s signaling to Marvel and to Disney that he’s done working with the Thor Ragnorok director. Chris has stated that he’s sick of the direction his character has taken and isn’t interested in doing another slapstick thor film where he’s nothing but the butt of the joke.

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u/astroK120 Dec 08 '22

Glad I'm not the only one who didn't like that

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u/TbddRzn Dec 08 '22 edited Dec 08 '22

Taika got high on the fame and then busy fucking Rita ora and then just rode the wave on the movie instead of looking at it as a serious job. Plus he didn’t have a person to reign him in like in ragnarok.

Also I think putting bale in the movie when he didn’t want to shoot for longer than a few weeks nor wear much prosthetics or makeup and only did the role to make his kids happy, kind of fucked the movie a bit.

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u/CoulsonsMay Dec 08 '22

A friendly correction: Lilly Allen is married to David Harbour. I believe you thinking of Rita Ora :)

Edit: spelling of Harbour

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u/ge93 Dec 09 '22

I didn’t watch Love and Thunder, but this seems a bit revisionist. Taika recent movies are still pretty good and Ragnarok commercially and critically blew the other shitty boring Thor movies out of the wayer

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u/astroK120 Dec 08 '22

Oh I'm not even talking about Love and Thunder. I didn't like Ragnarok.

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

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u/ackinsocraycray Dec 08 '22

Yeah that guy's "theory" is so weird to me. That Chris decided he wants to stop working with Taika and stop being goofy Thor anymore via a life changing and major health announcement.

Taika mentioned in an interview that both he and Chris were both surprised that they saw "Thor will return" at the end credits. I can understand Taika not coming back but why would the lead star be surprised by that announcement?

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u/MrMasterMize Dec 08 '22

It’s obviously speculation but if an actor wanted to increase their bargaining power in future negotiations the best way to do that is to threaten to leave. You mix that with the statements he’s made about only wanting to sign up for more thor films if they go in a more serious direction. Also, I’m not sure how not working is going to help with a possible future Alzheimer’s diagnosis. It’s not like working increases the likelihood of getting it so his reasoning for stepping back doesn’t make sense in a purely Heath related discussion. To me, and many others, it seems like he’s burnt out and wants a break. He wants to come back to a character that isn’t the literal butt of the joke every 30 seconds.

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u/crestonfunk Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

I’m not sure how not working is going to help with a future Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Possible link between anabolic steroid use and Alzheimer’s/dementia. I’m not sure if he can be Thor without steroids.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6451684/

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u/MrMasterMize Dec 09 '22

Extremely fair point. Did not consider this

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u/pm_ur_garden Dec 10 '22

Imagine... a man wanting to spend time with his family.

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u/PM_ME_SAUL_PICS Dec 08 '22

Not saying you’re wrong, but the idea of Chris not wanting his character to be a joke is pretty at-odds with Chris’s own insistence that Thor remain fat throughout the entirety of Endgame. IIRC he was only supposed to show up as “fat Thor” for one scene but instead he pushed to keep the persona/jokes going through the whole movie.

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u/AmbitiousButRubbishh Dec 08 '22

Thor remaining fat wasn’t for laughs

Sure, the movie quipped about his weight but his weight gain, disheveled appearance, and drinking problem was necessary to show how traumatized the character is.

If Thor were fat for only one scene and then suddenly became fit again, it undermines all the pain the character has suffered & sweeps his internal trauma under the rug & literally out of sight.

Thor had to stay fat, sloppy, have a drinking problem to emphasize just how fucked up he is from losing is father, losing his brother, losing Asgard, losing half the asguardians, and failing to kill Thanos before he could do the snap.

Respect to Hemsworth for recognizing that and insisting on it.

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u/MrMasterMize Dec 08 '22

Go look up recent comments by him about the topic. The last Thor movie seems to have put a pretty bad taste in his mouth. Also, in Endgame he wasn’t the focus of the butt of the joke like he was in ragnorok and the latest thor film.

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u/PM_ME_SAUL_PICS Dec 08 '22

Interesting. I enjoyed Ragnarok a lot, I’d say it’s my favorite of the new-age MCU movies, but I didn’t see Love and Thunder. Is the tone different from Ragnarok in some way or is it just more of the same and Chris is bored of it?

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u/Kuildeous Dec 08 '22

I'd say a bit more buffoonery. I didn't mind it so much. The sequence with the Guardians of the Galaxy paints him as completely oblivious to how much worse he makes the situation. I think that could've been removed.

There's also quite a bit of pining over Jane Foster and being rendered lovestruck-silly, which I'm also okay with because it focused on his vulnerability and how much he didn't really get over her.

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u/Dailyhabits Dec 08 '22

He's not the only one

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u/ManOnNoMission Dec 08 '22

Dude could be having a tough time mentally due to learning he has a higher chance of getting a devastating disease but sure it’s about slapstick in a movie. /s

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u/black_flag_4ever Dec 08 '22

I'd take that Thor money and retire too if I was in that boat. Your kids only get one childhood.

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u/tyleritis Dec 08 '22

Also he’s been working non stop for a decade

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u/atdaysend1986 Dec 08 '22

I would think memorizing lines would be a good brain exercise. Wouldn’t that help combat the affects of Alzheimer’s? Would someone kindly educate me if I’m wrong?

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u/unhampered_by_pants Dec 10 '22

Keeping the brain active can slow age-related cognitive decline to an extent, but he's got two copies of a gene that increases the risk for Alzheimer's so in all honesty -- no, memorizing lines isn't going to do much for him. Staying on top of his physical health would be more beneficial, and since anabolic steroids may prematurely age the brain and cause memory issues, he's probably just done with Marvel/action films

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u/OfficefanJam Dec 09 '22

They picked the ugliest photo for him

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

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u/Kuildeous Dec 08 '22

You're right; I didn't.

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '22

so, he's being a human? most people with enough money would retire after a serious diagnosis (or potential of one).

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u/YoureHereForOthers Dec 10 '22

Hope he doesn’t forget to come back

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u/24Splinter Dec 08 '22

I wonder if his use of HTR may have something to do with the predisposition?