Cate Blanchett: Hot Fuzz was exhausting

Cate Blanchett has joked she spent “24 hours a day” in her forensic scientist suit to prepare for her cameo in Hot Fuzz.
The Hollywood actress played police investigator Janine, who is the ex-girlfriend of Simon Pegg’s character Nicholas Angel, in the 2007 British comedy. Written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, the movie tells the story of jealous colleagues who conspire to get a top London policeman transferred to a small town and paired with a witless new partner.

Cate had a cameo role in the film and wore a mask during her brief scene. The star has joked the shoot took “months” of planning.

“For Hot Fuzz, it was months and months of detailed preparation. I sat down with the creative team and had a huge input into the production design, and then I wore that white suit and mask for at least three or four weeks, for 24 hours a day to get the feel of what it is like to be a forensic scientist. It was exhausting,” she laughed to “I got my eyelashes tinted as well!”

The 41-year-old – who is best known for her roles in Elizabeth and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – played the elf queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s acclaimed The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Cate thinks director Pete and his partner Fran Walsh are “gifts” to the film world for producing such great movies.

“Galadriel is only a small part of the Lord of The Rings trilogy but it was the greatest three weeks I’ve ever spent. Peter Jackson and Fran, his partner in crime, are two of the great gifts to the film industry. Certainly one of the greatest gifts to New Zealand,” she gushed.

It has recently been revealed that Cate will be returning to the fantasy franchise to play Galadriel in the highly-anticipated The Hobbit. Although she hasn’t seen a script yet, she is looking forward to being involved.

“I haven’t seen a script yet, so I don’t know what I’ll be doing. I mean Galadriel doesn’t feature very strongly in The Hobbit,” she explained. “They’re filming in the middle of the year, but there’s been an earthquake in New Zealand, there’s been a lot of earthquakes everywhere, let’s face it, but I think it’s in the middle of the year that’s it’s happening”


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