Actor Cut Off His Own Arm And Posed As A War Vet To Improve Career
In a truly bizarre interview, an actor revealed he cut his own arm off in the hopes that he could book acting roles.
Todd Latourette, who has appeared on Better Call Saul and also featured in Longmire and The Men Who Stare at Goats, told local news KOB4 he had spent years pretending to be a wounded war veteran, all in the hopes of launching his acting career.
Latourette revealed he has bipolar disorder, and 17 years ago had stopped taking his medication when he decided to cut off and cauterize his own arm.
"I severed my hand with a skill saw," the actor said adding, "the state of my mind was a psychotic episode."
The actor claimed he was coming forward out of guilt, but also hoping that his story would inspire others to seek treatment and stay on their meds. Tearfully, he pleaded that he was "far from insane".
"We are your brothers, your mothers, your sisters... and we hurt."
But that wasn't all, the actor also came forward to reveal that he had lied about how he got the injury, claiming that he was wounded while serving in the military.
In 2016, Latourette published a memoir titled Consumed, detailing his "personal struggle with self-destructive tendencies and the unending trials of mental illness".
In an interview for the memoir, the actor said that he'd moved away from stage acting because although he "performed well", he believed that his "prosthetic [arm] kept producers and directors from witnessing [his] true abilities."
"I left Manhattan and returned to screen acting, which embraces my individual 'look' and effective performances in front of the camera."
Now, he has decided to come forward in a move that he believes will "kill" his career.
"I was dishonourable," Latourette said, "I'm killing my career by doing this... I'm ousting myself from the New Mexico Film Industry. And gladly so, just to say what I've said."
Latourette said that he hopes his story will inspire others to stay on their medication, saying, "The power is in your hands to take your medication in the morning, or at night. So that, this, this discourse of my life doesn't need to necessarily be yours. Because, it happens quick... it happens quick."
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