MARILYN MANSON recently spoke to the Edmonton Sun about his work with Asia Argento — the daughter of Italian horror director Dario Argento — on her film "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things", which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"It's an ensemble cast," said Manson. "So I guess everybody had sort of a small part. Mine's kind of the worst one at the end, where I play a confused, drunken white-trash guy who mistakes his girlfriend's son for her because he's sexually confused and dresses up in her Victoria's Secret mail-order underwear, and it's a really disturbing scene."
Manson liked working so much with Argento — best known in the mainstream for her starring role in the 2002 Vin Diesel film "XXX" — that she directed the video for the bonus song "(s)Aint" on the limited edition DVD version of his greatest hits album, "Lest We Forget", due on Tuesday (Sept. 28).
"This video is probably best unrated 'cause I don't think it would fall under an R-rating," said Manson.
"And I wasn't trying to be graphic or shocking. But the song '(s)Aint' was I wanted to do something that someone had never seen from me. Just me at my worst. No makeup — not shaven. Just almost like 'Leaving Las Vegas'. Just the deepest, deepest depression — it's where I was. I was trying to recreate how I felt, prior to me just relaxing and taking it easy and not stressing about work so much. And just winding down off of being on tour for eight months. You become oversaturated with energy and drugs and alcohol, everything possible.
"The video just takes you through pieces of my life that stood out," Manson continued. "The loneliness, the self-hatred, self-destructive, I-can't-anyone-I-know-on-the-phone-type of feeling. So there's a series of people I don't know — the comfort of strangers. But it just becomes excessive self-destruction, inhaling pain slowly, until it manifests in a waterfall of nosebleeds, self-mutilation and three-way sex scenes with men, and stuff like that."