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Marilyn Manson Reclaims Identity With Album, Movie

Of the Oakland Press

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Shock rocker Marilyn Manson is still on the road promoting his latest album — 2007’s “Eat Me, Drink Me” — but he’ll soon be turning his attention to his next film project.

Without a studio deal, however, Manson plans to roll out “Phatasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll” in an “unconventional” fashion — most likely via his official Web site. He co-wrote, directed and stars as the tortured British author in the movie, with girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood, Lily Cole and Oscar nominee Tilda Swinto co-starring.

Johnny Depp, Alan Cumming, Daryl Hannah, Angelina Jolie and Tim Roth also make appearances, while Manson supervised the soundtrack.

“I think I was so very close to the subject matter,” explains the Ohio-born Manson, 39, whose real name is Brian Warner. “I read Lewis Carroll’s diaries, and he’s a very fractured soul. I think I identified with it more than just fascination; I was in the same mental state.”

By delaying the movie until he made “Eat Me, Drink Me,” however, Manson say he was “able to make a better movie. I got to make this record, and it saved me as a person. I feel like I’m in the best time of my life now. I’m on top of my game again.”

Prior to “Eat Me, Drink Me,” Manson was going through a bitter divorce from actress-burlesque model Dita Von Teese, which inspired many of the songs on the album.

At the time, Manson acknowledges, “I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be, who I was supposed to be ... I lost my identity.”

But that’s not the case anymore.

“I’ve surrounded myself with the people that feel like, ‘If life is so great the way that you’re living it, why would you want to change it? You’re living a fantasy life ... So?’ ” explains Manson, who recently brought original bassist Twiggy Ramirez (aka Jeordie White) back into his band.

“I’ve learned it doesn’t matter how much or what drugs and alcohol and crazy, decadent lifestyle you live as much as WHY you’re doing it. I can do whatever I want now and not feel any regrets for it.”

Marilyn Manson and Ours perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Feb. 4) at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $55, $45 and $35. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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