Marilyn Manson Works With Shia LaBeouf on ‘Born Villain’ Video
‘Transformers’ star Shia LaBeouf surprisingly has directed Marilyn Manson in the shock rocker’s latest video, ‘Born Villain,’ and the results are . . . how should we put this? Absolutely, positively, NSFW.
But perhaps the pairing shouldn’t be so unexpected. Turns out, LaBeouf has been a huge Manson fan for years. "Marilyn Manson to me is an indelible figure," LaBeouf recently told MTV News. "He, in my teenage years, was the scariest thing in the world, so part of me has always been intrigued."
So, after finally meeting Manson at a concert by the band the Kills, LaBeouf proposed doing a video together. He showed Manson his collaboration with rapper Kid Cudi on the forthcoming horror short film ‘Maniac,’ and Manson jumped at the chance to work with him.
The ‘Born Villain’ video kicks off with imagery lifted directly from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ‘70s cult classic film, ‘Holy Mountain,’ and only gets weirder from there. "The song has all these references to 'Macbeth' and all this Shakespeare and heavy theology,” said LaBeouf, “so we tried to make Manson's 'Un Chien Andalou' macabre 'Macbeth' — that's sort of what that became."
'Un Chien Andalou' is a '30s surrealist short film by Spanish director Luis Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali, in case you were wondering.
And ‘Born Villain' is the most interesting, challenging and envelope-pushing video Manson has made in a decade. It also may be his most disturbing, so watch at you own risk. The six-minute video serves as a trailer to a lengthier short film.