After learning that he is genetically inclined towards developing Alzheimer’s disease, Chris Hemsworth has made it clear how he wants to be remembered.
This comes after he revealed he’s ‘taking a huge step back’ from acting following the shock diagnosis.
The thirty-nine-year-old star is known for his roles in blockbusters such as Thor: Love And Thunder, Rush and Snow White And The Huntsman. However, he has revealed that he is planning to take a step back from roles of this kind following a recent health scare.
Now, Hemsworth is one of Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs, but as an Australian native, his road to stardom wasn’t totally straightforward.
The Ghostbusters actor actually got his first big break on the iconic Aussie show Home and Away, where he played a character called Kim Hyde. Overall, he appeared in a whopping 171 episodes of the show before he moved on from the show in 2007.
He first rocked onto the movie scene less than 2 years later in 2009 when he bagged himself a small part in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.
After that, the star’s rise was unstoppable, and it wasn’t long before he managed to get cast in his most iconic role as Marvel’s legendary superhero Thor. From there, Hemsworth’s career blossomed as he spread his wings and nabbed roles in everything from Blackhat to Men In Black: International.
Outside of his movie career, Hemsworth is also known for being a family man, having married model Elsa Pataky back in 2010. The pair have one daughter together, named India Rose (b. 2012), and twin sons called Sasha and Tristan (b. 2014).
In Hemsworth’s latest project, a documentary series called Limitless, he revealed something tragic that has led to him making the decision to step back from his movie career and spend more time focussing on his beloved family.
The star discovered that he is high risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease after revealing that his grandfather was suffering from the degenerative condition. Per Page Six, a source revealed that, as a result, the star “doesn’t plan to take on many roles.”
“Most of us, we like to avoid speaking about death,” he told Vanity Fair. “Then to all of a sudden be told some big indicators are actually pointing to this as the route which is going to happen, the reality of it sinks in. Your own mortality.”
However, he also revealed to the magazine that he is “not talking about retiring by any means.”
Since then, the star has shared how he wants to be remembered.
In a new interview, he opened up about his grandfather, who was diagnosed with the condition before he passed away aged 93.
Hemsworth told GQ about his grandfather: “My uncle specifically said, ‘he’s remembered as a good bloke’. And if he knew, or if someone told him that’s how he would be remembered, how incredibly proud he would feel,’
“It made me think about my own life. And it wasn’t about career or anything. It was about being remembered as someone who was good and kind and contributed something of value.
“I certainly don’t think about the films I’m going to leave behind and how people are going to remember me in that sense.
“I hope that people think of me fondly and that I was a good person. That I was a good bloke. Like my grandpa.”