Q: The comedy movie "Hot Fuzz" has a lot of famous people in it, but who played Nick's girlfriend at the beginning of the movie? Was she famous?

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The woman behind the hazmat suit was, in fact, the most famous person in the movie, but you can be forgiven for not recognizing her. While Cate Blanchett does have a pretty distinctive set of eyes, they're not a lot to go on.

The Oscar-winning star of "The Aviator" (2004) and "Elizabeth" (1998) was decked out in a body-covering suit with a tight-fitting hood and a mask covering her mouth and nose for her role in "Hot Fuzz" (2007). She was playing a crime scene investigator and the former girlfriend of over-performing street cop Nick Angel (played by Simon Pegg).

She only appeared in one scene, in which, in the midst of a cordoned-off crime scene, she confirms to Angel that their relationship is truly over (by revealing that she's dating one of the other identically suited investigators also in the room).

If that all seems like a waste of her talent and stardom (not to mention her beauty), that was part of the joke.

"We wrote the scene and thought it would be funny to have a famous actress in the part but to never take off the mask," the film's writer-director, Edgar Wright, said on Twitter. "We had heard Cate Blanchett liked 'Shaun Of The Dead' so we asked her. She said yes, shot for a day and gave her fee to charity."

"Shaun of the Dead" is the 2004 film that put Wright and Pegg on the map. It's also the unofficial prequel to "Hot Fuzz," part of their so-called Cornetto Trilogy (concluding with 2013's "The World's End").


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