On this episode of Lifespan News, Ryan O’Shea talks about Chris Hemsworth, Limitless, and the popularization of longevity through the media.
Mega celebrity Chris Hemsworth is starring in a new original six-part series from National Geographic about longevity called Limitless which is scheduled to stream on Disney+ in 2022.
The Limitless official trailer was released on November 12th, 2021 on National Geographic’s YouTube channel and also on Chris’ Instagram account where Chris has over 51 million followers. So, the approximately 2.6 million views currently on this Instagram video is incredible for growing longevity awareness, but it’s still reasonable to believe that Limitless may soon reach tens of millions of eyeballs or eventually maybe hundreds of millions if Limitless is successful and gets picked up for more episodes.
After all, the Walt Disney Company reported that Disney+ had about 118 million subscribers worldwide as of its fourth quarter 2021. This marks a growth in Disney+ subscribers of around 92 million since the start of the fiscal year of 2020. Just thinking about Limitless gets me all giddy because it shows that longevity science is going more mainstream.
I learned Chris was part of our rejuvenation community in early 2021 when I saw this Instagram post from Chris posted on December 23rd, 2020 stating, “10 years together! Looking forward to the advancements of modern medicine and science and enjoying a couple hundred more!” This post currently has about 6.3 million hearts, which tells us that about 6.3 million Instagram accounts support this message.
I remember thinking at the time something like, “Well, Chris, why don’t you do something to help advance rejuvenation since you have a massive following and financial resources?” Well, now Chris is definitely doing something to help advance longevity awareness. While many celebrities are even more intriguing for appearing to age slower than most of us like Tom Cruise, Paul Rudd, Gabrielle Union and Keanu Reeves, just to name a few, I don’t know of anything these celebrities are doing to help advance longevity science for humanity like Chris is now doing by starring in Limitless.
But I’ve seen another celebrity who’s recently shown an interest in longevity science. I watched a show on Netflix in 2020 called “Down to Earth with Zac Efron”. While this show didn’t focus specifically on longevity, episode 4, titled Sardinia, did. “On an Island that boasts a notable number of centenarians, Zac rethinks his view on nutrition as he ponders how the locals live such long, healthy lives.” Sardinia, Italy is one of the 5 famous Blue Zones where there’s a disproportionately high number of centenarians per capita compared to the rest of the world.
According to Wikipedia, a second season of “Down to Earth with Zac Efron”, filmed solely around Australia, is due to air in 2022. Let’s hope there’s more of a longevity focus in season 2. It’s also interesting to note that Chris Hemsworth is most famous for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, which is, of course, owned by Disney.
And many MCU storylines include life extension or immortality. We recently released an episode about the MCU’s Eternals and explored if it’s possible for humans to achieve any of the powers the Eternals yield. Another MCU movie that’s still currently in theatres and became available streaming on Disney+ on November 12th, 2021 is Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Semi-spoiler: the person who possesses the Ten Rings is granted immortality and great powers.
While there are still some dystopian aspects of the MCU characters that have immortal powers, I feel like the MCU is giving a more favorable view of healthy life extension or immortality compared to most cinema historically which has a more negative or dystopian view on immortality in most storylines like the 2013 blockbuster Elysium starring Matt Damon which takes place in the year 2154, when Earth has become overpopulated and heavily polluted, with most of the citizens living in poverty while the rich and powerful live on Elysium, a space station in Earth’s orbit equipped with Med-Bays, advanced medical devices that cure all injuries and diseases. A feud occurs between the rich and the poor.
The movie Elysium clearly sends a message that curing all injuries and diseases is not possible for all people and only the rich will benefit which is obviously dystopian and not something we at Lifespan News advocate or think is a likely scenario. If you’re curious why, then check out our Overpopulation playlist released a few months ago. So, I view these more favorable portrayals of longevity by Disney as a huge positive for our rejuvenation community and something we should be aware of and support. So whether or not you’re personally influenced by big celebrities, clearly celebrities yield great influence.
So, it’s exciting that a show like Limitless got greenlit, and I hope that this is just the beginning for more longevity content on big platforms like Disney+ starring huge celebrities like Chris Hemsworth. I believe it’s safe to say that Limitless will be well produced considering the people involved. Let ’s hope the longevity science in Limitless is accurate.
We briefly see Medical Doctor and popular longevity influencer Peter Attia in this trailer, so that’s a great sign! I know I’ll watch Limitless as soon as it’s streaming. Will you? Let us know in the comments. And let us know if there’s a particular longevity subject you hope is covered in Limitless and if there’s a particular subject you hope is not covered and why.
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