Marilyn Manson on his new album 'Born Villain'

Marilyn Manson: "There's no reason to change what you are, but if you're not being you, then you need to acknowledge that."

Story highlights

  • Marilyn Manson's new album "Born Villain" comes out on May 1
  • "In any story, the villain is the catalyst," Manson says
  • "Born Villain" is the eighth studio album by the inveterate provocateur
It's 22 minutes into Marilyn Manson's smart, sarcastic, sprawling response to CNN's opening interview question about his new album, "Born Villain" (out May 1), and he is just about wrapping up the explanation of its origin.
Let's just say that Manson -- one of the most vilified entertainers in history, who has been accused of everything from causing the Columbine school massacre to being the devil incarnate -- has a lot to say on the subject.
"Growing up going to Christian school and the concept that you're born a sinner and you don't really have a choice to change who you are has been hammered into my head and created the entire reason why I made art and made a band and made records called 'Antichrist Superstar,'" he explained.
"In any story, the villain is the catalyst. The hero's not a person who will bend the rules or show the cracks in his armor. He's one-dimensional intentionally, but the villain is the person who owns up to what he is and stands by it. He'll do the things that are sometimes morally questionable, but he does it because it's his nature to do it and it d