The Spice Girls Movie Had To Drop Several Cameos For Awful Reasons
1997 was a big year for movies, what with the release of Titanic, Men In Black, and Batman & Robin. In December, however, Spice World arrived to blow these piddly offerings out of the water. And how could it not? It had everything: the Spice Girls, that one song that goes "zig-a zig zig-a," and a string of cameos from celebrities eager to get aboard the Spice Train before it had a chance to fly into a ravine. And how could they have known that the entire production was apparently the target of an ancient curse?
The producers managed to bag a cameo by renowned designer Gianni Versace -- the idea being that all along, he was the one designing the girls', um, distinctive fashions. Unfortunately, his cameo had to be cut after he was assassinated by a deranged psychopath a few months ahead of the release. One month after that, a reference to Princess Diana also had to be excised after she died in a car accident -- coincidentally also caused by a deranged psychopath, Queen Eliza[REDACTED FOR LEGAL REASONS].
And it gets worse. In one scene, the girls broke out into a rendition of "I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am!)," the climax of which featured a cameo by none other than the song's original singer, Gary Glitter -- glam rocker, icon, and convicted child molester. Two weeks after the final cut of the movie was delivered to the studio, Glitter was arrested after a bunch of child pornography was found on his hard drive. He was immediately cut from the movie, but it soon found its way onto the internet. Which was impressive, considering that -- judging by the quality -- it was apparently filmed on a camera from 1897.