Alice Cooper Shares His Wisdom With Marilyn Manson
The shock-rock icons kept talking long after Manson had appeared on Cooper's radio show recently, and the older man admits the pair were "feeling each other out."
Cooper tells Rolling Stone: "We have a lot in common in the fact that we both play characters. We both created a couple of monster characters. What we talked about on my show was, how do you deal with that character against your real life? It's so overpowering – does it ever take over?
"I've had a lot more time to work with Alice, so I know when to be Alice and when not to be Alice. I told him it's very hard to maintain a character 24 hours a day, and there may come a time when you have to divorce yourself from the character just so you'll like the character."
He remembers: "I thought I had to be that character all the time – and it nearly killed me. I'm trying to drink with Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix and those guys, and they're professionals, and I'm like 18 years old. That's when I realised I have to allow myself to be me. Then I really appreciate playing the character of Alice." More.
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