Marilyn Manson occasionally takes time out of his rock-god schedule to pursue acting. He’s amused by this new profession and would make a full-time switch if he could. Manson received acclaim for his bit part in the final season of Sons of Anarchy. Now he’s appearing in a substantial role in Let Me Make You A Martyr. The indie movie was shot in Tulsa, Oklahoma on a $200,000 budget in July. The trailer, which is framed as a “cerebral revenge” tale, hit the internet on Wednesday.
The film stars a few SOA guys, who roped Manson into doing the film. Mark Boone Junior plays an abusive father. Nico Nicotera plays his son, who is in love with his sister (Sam Quartin). The siblings want to murder their dad, which is where Manson’s character hits the story. He plays a Native American hitman. Manson spoke with Rolling Stone about the film:
Aside from taking delight in horrific surroundings, Manson also identified with another trait of his character: “I am part Indian,” he says. The singer adds that he did not know Pope was Native American when he took the role because the script didn’t specify it.
“I really didn’t have to change too much about myself physically. I already had just shaved my hair to a Mohawk and it’s black already, so without being stereotypical, that seems like the character would have that if he was part Indian. I think originally they had envisioned someone with long black hair.”
At first glance, this casting steps into the same territory as Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, which cast Emma Stone as an Asian fighter pilot (and for which Emma later apologized). This even conjures up memories of Johnny Depp popping a bird on his head and calling himself “Tonto.”
Manson is one of the whitest guys anyone could imagine, but he does come from Sioux heritage (on his mother’s side). Speaking as someone who lives in Oklahoma, I know several people with Native American heritage who are as white as Manson. Twitter is still pretty upset about how Manson was cast in this role:
Here are some shots of Manson on the set of Let Me Make You A Martyr. He also got bored and went roller skating while he was in town.
(via Rolling Stone)