'Better Call Saul' actor admits to cutting off own arm and lying about being a war veteran to land roles
Actor Todd LaTourrette said he was coming clean because he was ashamed and felt guilty after having lied about his past and his mental health
'Better Call Saul' actor Todd LaTourrette is finally in the mind-space where he feels he can come clean about his acting career, as per reports. The actor, in a recent interview with KOB4, admitted to cutting off his right arm nearly 20 years ago when he was off the medication he took to treat his bipolar disorder.
“I severed my hand with a Skil saw,” LaTourrette explained to the outlet. “The state of mind was a psychotic episode.” After that near-fatal incident, the actor admitted that his injury got him acting jobs as a war veteran after he lied about being injured while serving overseas.
"The film industry obviously took a different angle. That I was different. And so they liked that," said Todd Latourette.
LaTourrette's lie got him acting roles as Skell on 'Better Call Saul', as well parts on the TV shows like 'Manhattan' (2015), Longmire (2014), 'A Bird of the Air'(2011) and 'The Men Who Stare at Goats' (2009). However, all these jobs also brought along the feeling of guilt and shame for the actor, he revealed.
“I was dishonorable,” LaTourrette said to the media outlet. “I’m killing my career by doing this, if anyone thinks this was for personal edification, that’s not the case.” “I’m ousting myself from the New Mexico Film Industry. And gladly, so just to say what I’ve said,” LaTourrette also added.
The actor, who is also a famous author and has written the book 'Consumed', then went on to explain how he hopes that by sharing his story he can spread awareness on mental illness, along with providing hope for those struggling with bipolar disorder.
“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,” LaTourrette concluded.
A representative for LaTourrette did not immediately respond to any comments for a response on the actor's explosive interview reveal, but it's still going to be interesting to see how he recovers from something as huge as this.