Todd Latourette, an actor from New Mexico, is outing himself for cutting off his own hand and posing as a war veteran to get more acting gigs. He’s coming forward because living with the lie has been difficult – plus, he wants to spread a message about mental illness.
Latourette, who claims to suffer from bipolar disorder, says that he severed his own hand with a saw 17 years ago while in a “psychotic episode” while off his meds. His extreme ruse worked, too, and he most recently appeared on episode five of the fourth season of AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” “The film industry obviously took a different angle, that I was different, so they liked that,” he adds.
Now that he’s come forward and probably hindered his chances of getting any more roles, he says he’s not looking for forgiveness – he just wants to spread the word about his lesson learned. “The power is in your hands to take your medication in the morning, or at night,” he says. “So that this discourse of my life doesn’t need to necessarily be yours. Because, it happens quick.”
Source: KOB 4