Frontman of the eponymous band, Marilyn Manson has quite the presence. The 46-year-old carries himself in a very youthful way and has made no secret about a lot of his public life. However, there are still some things about this rock star that might surprise you. Here, we present 11 interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Marilyn Manson.
Number Eleven: Marilyn Manson Was Raised Catholic
Not only was Manson raised Catholic, but he actually attended a Catholic high school for quite some time. He went to Heritage Christian School for the first through tenth grades.
Number Ten: He Has Been Engaged Three Times
Manson has been nearly married to Rose McGowan, Dita Von Teese, and Even Rachel Wood. However, he only ever followed through with marrying Dita Von Teese, and they divorced after just two years of marriage.
Number Nine: He Has Some Acting Chops
Though Manson has never had any big roles in films, he has had several smaller roles, including in David Lynch’s Lost Highway, and in Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine.
Number Eight: He Is Platinum
Though Manson has spent a lot of his career being scrutinized and criticized, he is markedly successful. Three of his albums have gone platinum in Canada and the United States, including Smells Like Children, Antichrist Superstar, and Mechanical Animals.
Number Seven: He Is a Strange Collector
In his home, he has a collection of vintage metal lunch boxes, medical prosthetics, and fake body parts as well. At one point, he even owned a fetus in a jar! You might even say he lives in a museum.
Number Six: He Was Almost Willy Wonka
Manson’s favorite movie is the 1971 version of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. He even wanted to play Wonka in the remake, but the role was given to Johnny Depp instead.
Number Five: He Is a Video Game Fan
Manson is such a big fan of video games that he has even brought a Nintendo DS on tour with him for when he’s bored. He reportedly plays games like Mario Kart and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
Number Four: He Has Even Appeared in Video Games
As a voice, anyway. In 2005’s Area 51, Manson played an alien named Edgar.
Number Three: He Loves Absinthe
Manson loves absinthe so much that he even made his own brand of it! The absinthe is called Mansinthe, and the label shows him as an old man on it. He won a gold medal for Mansinthe in 2008.
Number Two: He Has Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome causes Manson to have a faster-than-normal heart rate. This is caused by an abnormal electrical pathway in the heart. Some other famous singers have the condition, including Meat Loaf and Jessie J.
Number One: He Has Quite a Few Scars
According to Manson’s book called The Long Road Out of Hell, Manson has more than 450 scars all over his body. He has a history of cutting himself on stage, so this makes sense.