LOS ANGELES -- A video scene referencing the JFK assassination, with shock-rocker Marilyn Manson playing the part of John F. Kennedy, was shot in Los Angeles this weekend.
The scene may appear in the new video for Marilyn Manson's song "Coma White," from the album Mechanical Animals.
"We didn't feel like it was appropriate to actually act out the assassination," said a representative for the clip's director, Samuel Bayer (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins).
The scene recalls the famous footage of President John F. Kennedy riding in an open car in Dallas with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy just prior to his assassination.
Manson, dressed in a suit, is sitting in a convertible. At his side is Manson's real-life fiancée, actress Rose McGowan, dressed in a pink suit and matching hat similar to the outfit worn by the First Lady on that November 1963 day.
Also in the car with Manson (born Brian Warner) are his bandmates, who play secret servicemen, according to the representative.
One shot shows Manson with his head in McGowan's lap, though "there's no blood or anything," said the representative, who preferred not to be named.
McGowan plays the part of the princesslike Coma White, and the video centers around her "futuristic" world, the representative said. Also featured in the video are scantily clad women, transvestites in G-strings, heavily tattooed people, a man on stilts and a variety of other characters, according to fans who witnessed the shoot.
"It was sort of like going to a circus on some kind of freaky drug," said Gina Helen, a Manson fan who got glimpses of the shoot Saturday. "Just a whole lot of freaky people wandering about, being weird."
"Coma White" (RealAudio excerpt) is the third single from Mechanical Animals, following "The Dope Show" and "I Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)."
The "Coma White" clip is expected to air sometime next month.