Marilyn Manson is a rock musician, actor, painter, multimedial artist and former music journalist known for his controversial stage persona and image as the lead singer of the eponymous band Marilyn Manson. His stage name was formed from juxtaposing the names of two American cultural icons, namely actress Marilyn Monroe and multiple murder convict Charles Manson as a critical and, simultaneously, laudatory appraisal of America and its peculiar culture. Marilyn Manson has been ranked in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader (#44).
Marilyn Manson made his film debut in 1997, as an actor in David Lynch’s Lost Highway. Since then he has appeared in a variety of minor roles and cameos, including Party Monster; then-girlfriend Rose McGowan’s 1999 film Jawbreaker; Asia Argento’s 2004 film The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things; Rise; and The Hire: Beat The Devil, the sixth installment in the BMW Films series. He was interviewed in Michael Moore’s political documentary Bowling for Columbine discussing possible motivations for the Columbine massacre and allegations that his music was somehow a factor.
Marilyn Manson has appeared in animated form in Clone High and participated in several episodes of the MTVseries Celebrity Deathmatch, becoming the show’s unofficial champion and mascot; he often performed the voice for his claymated puppet, and contributed the song “Astonishing Panorama of the Endtimes” to the soundtrack album. In July 2005, Manson told Rolling Stone that he was shifting his focus from music to filmmaking – “I just don’t think the world is worth putting music into right now. I no longer want to make art that other people — particularly record companies — are turning into a product. I just want to make art.”
Johnny Depp reportedly used Marilyn Manson as his inspiration for his performance as Willy Wonka in the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Manson himself expressed interest in playing the role of Willy Wonka in the film.
Marilyn Manson had been working on his directorial debut, Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, since 2004, with Manson also set to portray the role of Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Initially announced as a web-only release, it was later decided to give the estimated $4.2 million budget film a conventional cinema release, with a slated release date of mid-2007. The film was to have an original music soundtrack with previously unreleased songs. Production of the film had been postponed indefinitely until after the Eat Me, Drink Me tour. In 2010, studio bosses shut down production on the project, reportedly due to viewers’ responses to the violent content of clips released on the internet. The film was later officially put on “indefinite production hold”. However, according to an interview with co-writer Anthony Silva about the hold, the film was still on and the talk of it being shut down was just a myth.
Marilyn Manson will portray metalband lead singer Lars in the upcoming slasher Splatter Sisters, for which he will also contribute an original soundtrack.
Marilyn Manson stated in a 2004 interview with i-D magazine to have begun his career as a watercolor painter in 1999 when he made five-minute concept pieces and sold them to drug dealers. On September 13–14, 2002, his first show, The Golden Age of Grotesque, was held at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Centre. Art in America’s Max Henry likened them to the works of a “psychiatric patient given materials to use as therapy” and said his work would never be taken seriously in a fine-art context, writing that the value was “in their celebrity, not the work”.
On September 14–15, 2004, Marilyn Manson held a second exhibition on the first night in Paris and the second in Berlin. The show was named ‘Trismegistus’ which was also the title of the center piece of the exhibit – a large, three-headed Christ painted onto an antique wood panel from a portable embalmers table.
Marilyn Manson named his self-proclaimed art movement Celebritarian Corporation. He has coined a slogan for the movement: “We will sell our shadow to those who stand within it.” In 2005 he said that the Celebritarian Corporation has been “incubating for seven years” which if correct would indicate that Celebritarian Corporation, in some form, started in 1998.
Celebritarian Corporation is also the namesake of an art gallery owned by Marilyn Manson, called the Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art in Los Angeles for which his third exhibition was the inaugural show. From April 2–17, 2007, his recent works were on show at the Space 39 Modern & Contemporary in Florida. 40 pieces from this show traveled to Germany’s Gallery Brigitte Schenk in Cologne to be publicly exhibited from June 28 – July 28, 2007. Manson was refused admittance to Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), when he was in the city to attend the opening night. This was, according to Manson, due to his makeup.
Manson revealed a series of 20 paintings in 2010 entitled Genealogies of Pain, an exhibition showcased at Vienna’s Kunsthalle gallery which the artist collaborated on with David Lynch.
Marilyn Manson made an appearance in the video game Area 51 as Edgar, a Grey Alien. His song “Cruci-Fiction In Space” is featured in a commercial for a video game, The Darkness. His likeness is also featured on the Celebrity Deathmatch video game for which he recorded a song for the soundtrack (2003). The song “Use your fist and not your mouth” was the credits score of the game Cold Fear as well as Spawn: Armageddon. The song “Four Rusted Horses” had an alternate version used in trailers for the video game Fear 3. A remix of the song “Tainted Love” appears in the debut trailer for the game, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and in the launch trailer of Twisted Metal.
Marilyn Manson launched “Mansinthe,” his own brand of Swiss-made absinthe. An energy drink called “Eat Me, Drink Me” was also produced for a limited time, inspired by Marilyn Manson’s album Eat Me, Drink Me.
How Marilyn Manson Made His Money – Singer
Estimated Net Worth: $25 Million
Birthday: January 5, 1969
Government Name: Brian Hugh Warner
[image via Georges Biard]