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When people watch movies, it’s easy to forget that underneath the facade of Batman, James Bond and John McClane are real people and actors who are not nearly as bulletproof as their movie characters would suggest.
Case in point: Actor Chris Hemsworth, best known for portraying Marvel’s iteration of the Norse god of thunder, Thor, recently opened up about a harrowing medical discovery that could dramatically alter his life.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Hemsworth revealed that while working on his new show “Limitless,” he learned that his genetic makeup includes two copies of the gene APOE4, which has been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Crazier yet, the fact that Hemsworth has two copies of APOE4 is an extreme rarity. A study by the National Institutes of Health in 2021 found that, while 25 percent of people typically carry one copy of APOE4, only about 3 percent of the population has two copies.
Hemsworth got one copy of APOE4 from his mother and the other from his father.
“Limitless” is a show that is about testing the boundaries of human beings who you might consider “older.” As part of that show, Hemsworth took some genetic tests to get a glimpse into his future.
That’s when he learned about the anomaly.
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