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'Better Call Saul' Actor Cut Off Arm And Lied About Being A Veteran To Get Roles

Better Call Saul Actor Cut Off Arm Lied About Being Veteran To Get Roles
Source: ABC

Oct. 31 2018, Updated 8:06 p.m. ET

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New Mexico actor Todd Latourette has admitted he cut off his own arm and lied about being a wounded veteran to land Hollywood roles.

Latourette, who appeared on Season 4's episode 5 of AMC’s Better Call Saul and the movie The Men Who Stare at Goats, told KOB-TV the awful truth—that he let people think he had lost his arm in a war.

Instead, Latourette had actually "severed my hand with a Skil saw," he confided.

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"The state of my mind was a psychotic episode."

The actor revealed to the New Mexico news station that he is bipolar and stopped taking his medication 17 years ago.

Latourette's mental illness caused him to cut off and cauterize his own arm, burning it to close the wound, he said.

Then, he found saying he was a war veteran who had been injured overseas helped him land Hollywood roles.

"I was different. And so they liked that," Latournette noted of TV and movie producers' reaction to his missing arm.

But his conscience weighed on him and he's finally coming clean, admitting, "I was dishonorable. I'm killing my career by doing this. If anyone thinks this was for personal edification, that's not the case."

Latourette said he's back on his medication and is warning people of the dangers of not taking their meds.

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