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Bob Geldoff appears in Spice World as himself and allows Scary Spice to practice her signature hairstyle on him. There have been reports that he did the movie because his daughters were obsessed with the band.
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Elvis Costello stars briefly as a bartender who’s tasked with making a gin and tonic. No one notices that he’s, you know, Elvis Costello.
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Alan Cumming plays journalist Piers Cuthbertson-Smith, who spends the entire movie following the Spice Girls around in an attempt to make a documentary of sorts about them. Somehow, with little to no acknowledgement from any of them, he manages to get into all the venues. (That is very realistic and exactly how journalism works.)
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Stephen Fry appears briefly as a strict judge in a daydream. “May God have mercy on your lip gloss,” he says when he finds the girls guilty.
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Richard E. Grant
Richard E. Grant plays Clifford, the Spice Girls’ manager. He fields requests from Hollywood executives and deals with the cryptic head of the record label, all while putting the band’s best interests at heart. He tries to get the singers a day off to relax on their busy tour, but no one ever looks after poor Clifford.
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Bob Hoskins is supposed to be Ginger Spice in disguise. When Graydon is lining out a pitch for a blockbuster, it involves all of the Spice Girls having special secret agent-like talents. Ginger Spice’s is that she’s good at disguises — so good she turns herself into Bob Hoskins. “Girl power!” she says in her own voice as Hoskins mouths along. “Equalization between the sexes!”
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Humphries plays Kevin McMaxford, a newspaper owner who’s determined that surrounding the Spice Girls in scandal will take his publication’s sales to new heights — and he’s willing to do just about anything to make it happen.
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Elton John makes a brief appearance as himself just to greet the girls and kiss them all on the cheek. The Spice World powers that be were basically just saying, “Hey, look who we got to be in this movie.”
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When Sporty Spice tells Baby Spice she can get away with anything because she has a cute little smile, Baby Spice immediately falls into a daydream. It’s a whodunit of sorts, with none other than Hugh Laurie in a bowtie and a handlebar mustache trying to determine who is going around murdering people with machine guns. Despite the machine gun and bullets that Baby Spice wears as accessories, Laurie pins the blame on someone else.
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Meat Loaf, of all people, drives the Spice Bus — which, if you never noticed, is about 10 times the size on the inside as it should be according to the shots we get of the outside. Must be the magic of Meat Loaf.
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Mark McKinney plays Graydon, an over-eager writer who can’t wait to get his hands on a big Hollywood story that involves the Spice Girls.
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Roger Moore plays the “Chief,” the head of the Spice Girls’ recording label. His conversations with their manager are all extremely cryptic and incomprehensible, but it’s the perfect role for the former James Bond star. “There’s no need for any stirring,” he tells the manager as he mixes a drink in a robe by a crackling fire.
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Mori plays Nicola, the Spice Girls’ pregnant best friend who finds it difficult to spend time with her famous pals. Despite her fast-approaching due date, she appears at multiple events and is clearly bummed about the band’s busy schedule.
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Richard O’Brien plays Damien, the go-to photojournalist when you want to ruin a celebrity’s life. When Kevin McMaxford (Barry Humphries) decides he wants to take the Spice Girls down in order to sell more papers, he puts Damien on the case. He doesn’t succeed, obviously, but he does entertain with his professional methods, such as hiding in fruit displays. He also goes so far as to play a delivery doctor strapped with a camera when Nicola gives birth, although this ruse is quickly discovered.
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Saunders has a cameo that just involves telling Posh Spice how disappointed she was in spring fashion collections. When Posh asks what she thinks about manta rays in an effort to talk about something other than fashion, Saunders is stumped. “Oh yes, marvelous designer, Manta ray. I love Manta ray. These are his shoes. These are Manta ray’s shoes. These are his glasses.” Then she puts her shades on and walks off to tell a friend she’s just been talking with a Spice Girl.
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George Wendt’s character teams up with Mark McKinney’s to continuously throw ridiculous Hollywood plots at the Spice Girls’ manager.
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Dominic West plays a photographer who throws cheesy comments at the girls as they pose. “Now give it to me.” “Lovely.” “Sexy. Come on, energy!” “Smashing!” “Go for it, girls! Go for it!”