what the hell…

News broke on Monday, October 29th, that an actor from New Mexico named Todd Lawson La Tourrette has admitted to…I honestly don’t even know where to start.

Todd Lawson La Tourrette

So back in 2001 a young actor named Todd decided not to take his medication for bipolar disorder. As his mental state worsened and he approached a mental break, he cut off his own hand with a circular saw. After some time had passed, he would then build a prosthetic arm for himself.

If La Tourrette looks familiar to you, that’s because he was most recently on an episode of the AMC show Better Call Saul in the episode Quite a Ride. But he may now be more “famous” for his appearance on and show that used to air on the CW called

The Messengers.

Don’t worry, I haven’t heard of it either.

Todd makes an appearance in an episode called Strange Magic, playing a character named Ben Fulsom. In the episode, it comes out that the character of Ben lost his arm in an IED attack in Kandahar, a city in Afghanistan. The funny thing is, the scene in which Todd’s character dishes about his injury, is the same story that he told people in Hollywood to get work. Todd La Tourrette told an untold and unknown amount of people that he lost his hand serving his country.

On the video below, skip to 0:52.

He didn’t, and he never did serve in the military either.

To his credit, Todd did come out and give an interview to an NBC News affiliate, KOB4, where he openly states that the loss of his arm is due to his mind being a “psychotic episode” and not wartime service.

I appreciate that this man is owning up to his incredibly stupid mistake, and being open about his own mental illness, but, to anyone reading this, and to Todd La Tourrette himself, don’t make up a story about how you lost your arm (or any appendage) because of an attack in a war-torn country. Especially when real soldiers, men and women are out there right now defending your right to be whatever you want to be.

Please, do not talk about your military service if you’venever been part of the military. Please don’t use a physical or mental handicap to get ahead in this world. And if you’re dealing with a mental health issue/crisis, please reach out to someone.

But whatever you do, don’t do what Todd did, and use it to get ahead.

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