"Better Call Saul" Actor Admits to Cutting Off His Own Arm


"Better Call Saul” actor Todd LaTourrette ("Skell") is coming clean about his acting career.

During a recent interview, he admitted to cutting off his right arm 20 years ago while he was off of his medications that treat bipolar disorder.

LaTourrette said, “I severed my hand with a Skil saw. The state of mind was a psychotic episode.”

He began getting acting jobs by telling casting directors that he was a war veteran, and lied about being injured while serving overseas. While the lie helped him land his role on “Better Call Saul,” as well parts on other TV shows, “Manhattan," “Longmire,” “A Bird of the Air” and “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” it has also brought him a lot of guilt.

LaTourrette said, “I was dishonorable. 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.”

He hopes that by sharing his story he can spread awareness on mental illness and provide hope for those struggling with bipolar disorder. 

Source: People

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