This concept extends to far more than professional wrestling - politics has long been the domain of the worked shoot; for example, the pretended antipathy between the CIA and Trump.Worked-shoot is the term for any occurrence that is scripted by the creative team to come off as unscripted and therefore appear as though it were a real life happening but is, in fact, still part of the show. This can be seen as an example of the writers breaking the fourth wall and attempting to court the fans who are interested in shoots (i.e., events outside of the traditional in-ring wrestling matchups). Notable characteristics of a worked-shoot include the mentioning of terms and information generally known only to industry insiders and "smart" fans. This community of "smart" pro-wrestling fans are sometimes referred to as "smarks".
Historically, it is unclear when the first occurrence of a worked-shoot took place; however, it is generally attributed to the public feud between comedian Andy Kaufman and Jerry "The King" Lawler in 1982.
With respect to Marilyn Manson, most of us are generally aware of some of the more obvious fibs, or 'Mansonisms', in his long and storied career. The scene in The Long, Hard Road Out Of Hell, for example, in which little Brian Warner found a fetus in a Folger's can was famously lifted from a scene in the film The Reflecting Skin in which the main character - a small boy - finds one in a glass jar. This isn't inside knowledge; pretty much everyone invested enough in the band to post here is aware of this.
But it makes me wonder what other aspects of the Marilyn Manson character are works. For example, do we really believe that the entire divorce saga played out exactly as it did in the proceedings? Obviously it's not any of my business, but being seduced by a then-up-and-coming starlet like Evan Rachel Wood, divorcing his burlesque dancer wife, and writing an album about the experience kept his name in the proverbial papers. I also sometimes wonder if the apparent issues he's had with substance abuse - slurry interviews, forgotten lyrics, etc. - aren't a bit of a worked shoot. It wouldn't be the first time an entertainer worked his real-life substance problems into a performance.
Hall actually was an alcoholic in real life, but most of his drunken appearances on WCW Nitro - this one included - were staged. The incentive? Because a bad, sloppy performance gets more press attention than a good one. That's not to say that Manson didn't/doesn't have a substance abuse issue, but it's very plausible he could exaggerate that aspect of his personality for the sake of attention.
Anything about the less obviously put-on aspects of Manson's career strike you as being maybe a little phony?