Everyone knows Marilyn Manson. He's the Antichrist Superstar, the shock-rock showstopper, the Bible-tearing, breast-wearing weirdo who was once rumored to have had his lower ribs removed so he could S his own D.
Some fans dig deeper and learn more about Brian Warner, the onetime journalism student at Broward Community College who speaks eloquently and knowledgeably on subjects like politics, art theory, religion, and modern society.
Perhaps my favorite Manson of all is the one who is neither himself nor his famous on-stage persona. I most thoroughly enjoy Warner the comedic actor. I love him as a hapless schoolboy, a powerful crow master, a drugged-out drag queen, and, yes, even as a puffed-up and immature version of himself.
In anticipation of Manson's upcoming performance with Slipknot Friday, July 1, we take a look at his lesser-known roles. Come with me now as we enjoy the lighter side of Mr. Warner.
6. Jawbreaker, 1999. Here we witness one of Manson's first and possibly creepiest comedic appearances. He plays the Stranger, a brief and perfectly slimy role opposite then-girlfriend Rose McGowan. Watch as he licks his pedo-mustache-adorned lips with impeccable skeeze; then witness him befoul the teenage murderess. It's damn funny. Disgusting, but funny.
5. Party Monster, 2003. The Antichrist Superstar dons extra glitter and fishnets and transforms into the languid and lewd Christina Superstar, one fabulously freaked icon of the '90s NYC Klub Kid scene. The film is based on the true story of infamous party promoter Michael Alig and his dark descent into murderous madness, and our boy Manson is around for the ride — literally. He drives the party bus... on acid. In this role, it's not what he says but rather what he gurgles.
4. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, 2010. Don't be mean to crows, bro, or you'll get your eyes pecked out by stuffed birds until Marilyn Manson appears in a horrifying '80s Hair Metal God wig and drawn-on beard and mustache combo. Then he'll turn you into bird tchotchkes. Wait, what?