Richard E. Grant recently discussed the first time he met the Spice Girls on the set of Spice World. The Loki actor starred in the 1997 British melodic satire alongside the popular girl group, where he played the group’s manager, Clifford. Notwithstanding negative receptions upon release, the film was a financial achievement, breaking Super Bowl weekend box office records with over 10 million dollars in ticket deals and becoming a clique classic to audiences.
When interviewed by Vulture about the film for their “Role Call” series of articles, Grant was asked about his first impressions of the group. He recalled that Mel B, otherwise called Scary Spice, energetically flirted with him before discussing how the group was very approachable, easy to talk to about anything, and thrilled with the achievement they had. Grant additionally recalled the energy being hard not to get wrapped up in. He later talked about the crew having 4 Winnebego RVs between them during filming, yet the group deciding they’d rather share one together. Check out Grant’s full statement beneath:
Grant likewise discussed other notable cast members in the interview. The actor expressed his favorite appearance was singer Elton John’s, describing how John was “born with the restless button” firmly pressed down and how the singer’s scenes were recorded quickly to accommodate his timetable. He likewise discussed why the film was so fruitful with audiences, stating it wasn’t made for intellectual critics, rather it was made for aficionados of the band, saying “It’s popcorn, pop culture, unequivocally and proudly. I think it’s great celebratory quality is the thing that runs over in the movie and why it’s a particularly global achievement.”
From portraying the scientist who created X-23 in Logan, leading the First Order in Star Wars, and now playing a weary Variant of Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief, Grant has had a varied career loaded up with a lot of exceptional roles. And obviously through his outright enthusiasm over Loki’s more absurd elements like Alligator Loki, active web-based media presence, and affectionate memories of his time on Spice World, he has partaken in every kind of character he has portrayed, no matter how wild things might be. Seeing Grant’s excitement over these roles and his understanding of what audiences might incline towards regardless of what critics might feel, is a welcome reminder of the sheer delight individuals can find in film, both behind the scenes and on screen.