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Local actor outs himself as a 'liar' after claiming to be a war veteran

Ryan Laughlin/Marian Camacho
October 29, 2018 11:42 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A local actor is trying to right a wrong after years of pretending to be a wounded veteran, in the hopes of landing roles.

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"The film industry obviously took a different angle. That I was different. And so they liked that," said Todd Latourette.

The actor says he is bipolar and wasn't taking his medications 17-years-ago when he decided to cut off and cauterize his own arm.

"I severed my hand with a skill saw," said Latourette. "The state of my mind was a psychotic episode."

After that, Latourette landed a number of roles, most recently in the very popular Better Call Saul, claiming he was wounded overseas.

He says he was hired because he lied. It's a lie he says has been difficult to live with.

"I was dishonorable. I'm killing my career by doing this, if anyone thinks this was for personal edification, that's not the case," says Latourette. "I'm ousting myself from the New Mexico Film Industry. And gladly so, just to say what I've said."

Latourette says he's not expecting forgiveness but he does hope his story might help someone else who is struggling with mental illness.

"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."

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