Marilyn Manson advises Gerard Butler on becoming a rock star

'300' actor has turned to the shock rocker for guidance as he begins recording an album.

Marilyn Manson advises Gerard Butler on becoming a rock star

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Shock rocker Marilyn Manson, Tenacious D's Jack Black and Johnny Depp are said to be advising actor Gerard Butler on becoming a rock star.

The 300 star sought advice from Depp on "putting a first-rate band together" and was then introduced to Manson and Black, who are reportedly guiding Butler along the path to rock and roll stardom.

Butler, who is currently promoting his new movie Playing For Keeps, in which he plays a professional footballer, is said to be writing songs and is in the process of recording an album.

US gossip magazine, the National Enquirer, quote a source as saying: "Gerry is rocking out big time and is already writing songs and cutting an album. He's been a closet singer for years and has decided the time is right to try doing it professionally."

Earlier this year, Butler checked into the Betty Ford Centre after he reportedly became addicted to prescription drugs. While in rehab, the actor is said to have honed his music skills and focused his attention on recording an album.

The source continued: "Gerry started channelling all his energy into music and it's turned out to be a great outlet. He even turned to Johnny Depp for advice on putting a first-rate band together. Johnny and Gerry have jammed together, and Johnny introduced Gerry to some of his musician friends, including Marilyn Manson and Jack Black."

This isn't the first time Marilyn Manson has teamed up with an actor on a musical project. Earlier this year, Manson recorded and released a duet with Pirates Of The Caribbean actor Johnny Depp. Their cover of Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' appeared on Manson's new record 'Born Villain', which was released in April.

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