Marilyn Manson talks about painting a goat black ‘for recreational purposes’

Incident took place on set of TV show 'Salem'

Marilyn Manson has spoken about painting a goat on the set of TV show Salem.

The shock-rocker has joined the cast of the US show, which is based around the Salem witch trials, for its third season. He plays the character of Thomas Dinley, who he describes as “a barber that gives autopsies and travels somewhere in between the worlds of the dead and the living, and has to deal with all of the things that witchcraft has caused and can’t fix”.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Manson talked about becoming “obsessed” with black goats while on set. “I’d seen that movie The Witch about a week into working on Salem… And the goat in the movie, Black Phillip, became an obsession of mine,” he explained.

“So on the last day of the shoot, I requested a black goat to play with, just off set, just for my own recreational purposes. But they brought a red goat, so I sang quite simply… “I see a red goat, and I want to paint it black” [to the tune of Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’]. And everyone really got a kick out of it.”

“And I did: They did let me paint it black. It was ornery,” Manson added.

Marilyn Manson – ‘Disposable Teens’Dean Chalkley/NME

Manson has said that his new album ‘Say10’ will be totally unexpected for people who think he’ll continue with the style of his most recent album ‘The Pale Emperor’.

‘Say10’ will be released on February 14 next year, and Manson says it will be more in the vein of his early albums ‘Antichrist Superstar’ and ‘Mechanical Animals’.

Manson told Dazed Digital: “It is, I would say, the last thing people would expect after hearing ‘The Pale Emperor’. Coming from the people who I’ve played it to, it’s a combination of ‘Antichrist Superstar’ and ‘Mechanical Animals’ in feeling.”

Manson added: “It wasn’t my intent to go backwards. Everything goes in a full circle and it just becomes, without cannibalising work from the past, the same thing: which is ultimately you. I’m a little over-anxious to release it, so it was done very quickly, but it’s by far the most thematic and over-complicated thing that I’ve done. In a way, it’s deceptively delightful to strangers. It’s like the old saying that the devil’s greatest secret is that people don’t believe he exists.”