The Weekly Dissect
Entry 5 - “Marilyn Manson, The Actor”
by Drew Dammron
During the early and mid-1990s, rocker Marilyn Manson disrupted the moral fabric of America with such groundbreaking albums as Portrait of An American Family and Antichrist Superstar. His on-screen and on-stage antics, which included tearing up the Bible and wiping his ass with Old Glory, garnered much negative attention from the religious-right, the all-loving left, and the media in general. Twenty-some years later in the modern age, Manson finds himself to be a much less-hated man in the eye of the public, at least usually. READ MORE
Marilyn Manson has toned-down his Antichrist persona over the years for a much more compromising approach to his style, but has also decided to seriously take up acting as a viable addition to his portfolio. Manson had dabbled in acting in the past, especially during his failed engagement to actress Rose McGowan, having cameo appearances in films such as Jawbreaker, but it wasn’t until recently that he was truly being taken seriously as a thespian. The campiness of his acting style as evident in his appearances in Jawbreaker and Party Monster is slowly fading and the performances are becoming more realistic, perhaps to a point of detriment.
At two AM after a recent concert in Alberta, Canada, the notorious rock star was indulging in some greasy breakfast at a local Denny’s, an American institution. There’s no rest for the wicked though and instead of decompressing from a tamer incarnation of his former stage act, he decided to polish up on some lines for a soap opera he was planning on auditioning for upon returning to the states.
Since this is 2015, the repeated use of the word “bitch” was very much in character’s dialogue, which Manson recited loud and clear. Meanwhile, a couple seated at a nearby booth overhead the repetitive “bitch” and assumed it was directed towards the woman. “Nobody calls my bitch a bitch except me, bitch!” the man said to his lady right before standing and punching Manson in the face.
This is not the first time Marilyn Manson had had been the target of physical violence. There are numerous instances when he had been attacked by angry protestors or fans who felt ignored. But this attack is truly a testament to Manson’s maturity as an actor.