While visiting the set of HBO's Eastbound & Down this summer in Puerto Rico, I learned from co-directors Jody Hill and David Gordon Green that two of the series' most diehard fans just happened to be icons of hard rock. Hill was thrilled to find out recently that Jack White can't wait for the second season. And the other? Green let out a chuckle of disbelief. "Yeah, Marilyn Manson, he's fucking obsessed with the show. He goes so far as to dress up like Kenny." I found it impossible to conjure a visual of Manson, dark prince of androgyny, fashioned like Eastbound's Kenny Powers, the overweight enfant terrible of major league baseball and Southern hostility that's made Danny McBride a comedy icon. I requested evidence from director Adam Bhala Lough, who's at work prepping a feature film due next year starring Manson called Splatter Sisters. Lough produced this exclusive photo, and offered an eye witness account. (PHOTO BY MARILYN MANSON)
"Whenever I see Manson, he's repeating entire chunks of dialogue and dressed like Kenny," says Lough. "He just walks around dressed like this and fucks with people on the street. If a waiter or valet tells him, 'Have a nice day," he'll respond, 'Don't tell me what to do.' Stuff like that. He's even dressed like this when I'm at his house watching Béatrice Dalle films and Hoarders." I ask Lough what Green thinks of the method role-playing, since he's producing Sisters. "I think David's actually frightened for Danny. Because Manson wants to kidnap Danny on some King of Comedy shit. Danny should be scared." Thankfully, Manson's obsession with KP won't bleed into Sisters, a road trip slasher inspired by the late night soft-core thrillers that were at one time synonymous with the pay-cable channel Cinemax. Lough explains. "His character is named Lars, the leader of a death metal band. He places two beautiful, young drifter girls under mind control to commit heinous acts of murder across the West Coast." One of the girls will be played by Manson's muse, Evan Rachel Wood. "All of the slaying is for a bizarre 'art project' VHS tape," says Lough. "I'm trying to capture the look and feel of the best 'Skinemax' flicks from my childhood." Will any of those well-stemmed starlets make a cameo? "Manson says he's going to holler at Elizabeth Berkley." Whether he'll take off Kenny's mullet first is anyone's guess.