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  • Actor-Shared Background: Carey, like her character Billie, is half-African-American and half-Caucasian. However the parents' races are reversed: Billie's mom is black and her father is white, while Mariah Carey's father is black (Afro-Venezuelan) and her mother is white (Irish).
  • Box Office Bomb: Its $5 million turn against a $22 million budget, along with the similar flop of the accompanying soundtrack album, sent Mariah Carey's career into recession for several years. The significant losses caused by Glitter's failure is also believed to have played a hand in Virgin Records losing not only Carey, but also David Bowie, whose album Toy was shelved by the label for not being the post-Glitter financial safety net they were hoping for (along with possible copyright issues regarding the songs included). Being released the weekend after 9/11 (in what was already a traditionally poor month) couldn't have helped Glitter either.
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  • California Doubling: All the scenes set in New York were really filmed in Toronto, which makes the establishing shots all the funnier as you can recognize a lot of Toronto landmarks as they pan across the city.
  • Creator Killer: Director Vondie Curtis Hall had a well-received debut with Gridlock'd, but this film put the skids on his directing career. Afterwards he mostly went back to acting, with the occasional TV directing credit.
  • Fake American: Max Beesley, who is British.
  • Fake Mixed Race: Isabel Gomes, a Brazilian actress, plays young Billie, who is biracial of African and Caucasian ancestry.
  • Old Shame: In an interview with Watch What Happens Live, Mariah Carey admits to regretting making this film.
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  • Too Soon: Averted. The film features many shots of the still-standing Twin Towers, and was completed just a few days before 9/11. As it had a low budget and was already released during what was already considered a Dump Month, the shots were left in instead of being edited out. Surprisingly, this was one of the most well-received aspects of the film; critics reported audiences cheered when the towers were seen.

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