One actor took a shockingly extreme step in an attempt to improve his career. Hoping it would allow him to pose as a war veteran and secure better roles, Todd Latourette cut off his own arm. At the time, Latourette, who claims to be bipolar, was in the grips of a “psychotic episode,” making him capable of severing the limb.
At the time of the incident, approximately 17 years ago, Latourette was off his medication, according to a report by Fox News.
“I severed my hand with a Skil saw,” said Latourette during an interview. “The state of my mind was a psychotic episode.”
He also cauterized the wound to his right arm on his own.
The decision, while extreme, did work to a degree. He was able to find roles after severing the limb and developing a story that he was a war veteran.
Recently, Latourette appeared in Episode 5 of Season 4 of the AMC hit show Better Call Saul. He was also featured in A&E’s Longmire as well as the film The Men Who Stare at Goats.
Latourette, who is now back on his medication, said that living with the lie was difficult. Ultimately, the personal challenge of keeping up with the story encouraged him to come forward, even if doing so would damage his acting career.
“I was dishonorable. I’m killing my career by doing this, if anyone thinks this was for personal edification, that’s not the case,” said Latourette. “I’m ousting myself from the New Mexico Film Industry. And gladly so, just to say what I’ve said.”
Latourette hopes his story may help others who are struggling with a mental illness to understand the seriousness of staying on their medications.
“The power is in your hands to take your medication in the morning, or at night,” Latourette stated. “So that, this, this discourse of my life doesn’t need to necessarily be yours. Because, it happens quick… it happens quick.”