Chris Hemsworth talks health, the disappointment of ‘Thor 4’ and more in ‘Vanity Fair’

Written by on April 30, 2024

‘Furiosa’ stars Anya Taylor-Joy and Hemsworth — Disney/Greg Williams)

In an extensive cover piece, Chris Hemsworth goes deep with Vanity Fair about leaving Hollywood for his native Australia, his disappointment over Thor: Love and Thunder and how — for the last time — he does not have Alzheimer’s.

On the latter point, Hemsworth found out through his 2022 Disney+ show Limitless that his DNA showed a risk for the disease. But that revelation, plus a planned break from making movies — partly to nurse an injured back — had the rumor mill spinning.

“It really kind of p***** me off because it felt like I had been vulnerable with something personal and shared this,” the Marvel movie star admits.

“No matter how much I said, ‘This is not a death sentence,’ the story became that I have dementia and I’m reconsidering life and retiring and so on.”

However, he did allow, “I did read a really funny comment at the bottom of one article: ‘I hope Chris forgets he’s retiring and comes back.'”

The star also looked back at his final film as Thor: 2023’s Love and Thunder, in which the acclaimed humor from director Taika Waititi‘s blockbuster predecessor Thor: Ragnarok went off the rails for both critics and audiences.

“I got caught up in the improv and the wackiness, and I became a parody of myself,” Hemsworth says. “I didn’t stick the landing.”

The actor will next be seen in the Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa for one of his filmmaking idols, fellow Aussie George Miller.

The filmmaker explains Hemsworth became unrecognizable as the warlord Dementus. “When I saw Chris many months later, my first instinct was, ‘Wait a minute, this is not Chris Hemsworth. This is a fraud!” Miller says.


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