Here are some photos from last week of Marilyn Manson performing in Milan, and the man just never gets any less creepy, does he? Unfortunately, I have actually seen Manson in concert — not that I intended to, but he was an opening act for Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor = my precious) during their mid 1990s Downward Spiral tour. All I really remember is thinking, “Who the hell is this guy?” as Manson simulated sex with various objects onstage. In that way, he sort of beat his ex-wife, Dita Von Teese, to the punch, but he’s not nearly as attractive while doing so as she remains to this day.
Now Manson is still kicking around much in the same fashion, but he’s apparently respectable enough to sit down for an interview with The Guardian. Okay, so that’s no guarantee of respectability, but he’s talking about normal, everyday things. Well, except for his tight, bro-like friendship with Johnny Depp. Seriously though, all sorts of young starlets are getting broody now — Miley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart, just to name a few — and now the biggest diva of them all, Marilyn Manson, has joined the club as well to declare that he wants a baby too. The horror, the horror:
On growing up: “As a kid I had buck teeth and braces and acne. I hated what I saw. I’m still not comfortable, but that’s why I change and adapt the way I look.”
On feeling broody: “My girlfriend Lindsay’s twin just had a baby and I’ve started to think that maybe I wouldn’t mind passing my demented genius on to some small thing who can set fire and breathe profanity.”
On his ideal woman: “I am drawn to women who are independent and creative, which is problematic because it’s a struggle, a competition of careers. There’s jealousy. And if you don’t want to be known as Marilyn Manson’s girlfriend, why would you be it?”
On Dita Von Teese: “I’m on good terms with my ex-wife, but I saw her last night at the Met Bar in London and I think there’s a part of her that’s still pissed at me.”
On his bro: “Johnny Depp is like a brother to me. We have matching tattoos on our backs — Charles Baudelaire, the flowers of evil, this giant skeleton thing. It’s kind of a secret. People say to us, ‘Why did you get that?’ And we say, ‘No reason.’ Actors always want to be musicians and musicians want to be actors. The thing with Johnny is, he was a musician first, so he knows how to jam. He has taught me how to get in a room with someone I don’t know and start playing.”
On mom: “My mum has dementia so she doesn’t know who I am now, but when she did she’d say: ‘Gentlemen prefer blondes.’ And I would say: ‘But I’m a villain.’ If you think about it, the hero is the good guy almost by default. They have this moral code they follow simply because they’re supposed to, not because they really believe in it. The villain is the one with real passion.”
On being a relative prude: “I’m not some sort of sexual deviant. I think I would laugh nervously in the face of a threesome. I’m shy. I’m the kind of person who turns the lights out.”
I guess we can put those awful rumors of Manson’s alleged love connection with hardcore rebel Avril Lavigne to rest now, right? She’s too old for him anyway, but is Marilyn seriously considering passing on his bizarro genes to some poor baby? I can just see it now: Baby’s First Chinese Skeleton. And of course, he’d save the kid’s foreskin too. After all, it’s a family tradition.
Photos courtesy of WENN