Cameron Diaz channels her Charlie's Angels stunt work.
Cameron Diaz channels her Charlie's Angels stunt work.

Cameron Diaz’s rare public appearance

Six years after she formally retired from the acting business, Cameron Diaz is back on screen - if only for a few seconds.

Diaz, 47, is one of several A-list participants in the new 'Boss Bitch Fight Challenge', devised by Hollywood stuntwoman Zoe Bell.

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The premise is simple: Each woman in the video performs a kick-ass stunt to the camera, passing the 'fight' on to the next participant. Bell enlisted a mix of behind-the-scenes stunt performers and well-known Hollywood actresses to take part in the five-minute video, with some very believable - and sometimes brutal - stunts on show.

Cameron Diaz channels her Charlie's Angels stunt work.
Cameron Diaz channels her Charlie's Angels stunt work.

Among the big names, you'll spot Aussie Margot Robbie wielding a baseball bat, Halle Berry leaping backwards into a pool and Scarlett Johansson firing up in her home gym.

But amid all these stars, the biggest surprise is Diaz's brief appearance. She has kept a low profile since her final film role, playing Miss Hannigan in the poorly-reviewed 2014 remake of the musical Annie. Since then, she published a self-help manual, The Longevity Book, in 2016, and has invested in several health and biotech start-ups. In January this year Diaz and her husband Benji Madden announced the birth of their first child together, a daughter with the unusual name of Raddix .

Drew Barrymore gets fired up.
Drew Barrymore gets fired up.

 

Since her breakthrough role in the 1994 Jim Carrey comedy The Mask, Diaz became one of Hollywood's most bankable leading women, with hits like My Best Friend's Wedding, Charlie's Angels and the Shrek series.

But in a rare interview with InStyle last year, Diaz explained why she was happy to turn her back on the industry.

"I started (experiencing fame) when I was 22, so 25 years ago that's a long time," Diaz said. "I've given more than half of my life to the public. I feel it's okay for me to take time for myself now to reorganise and choose how I want to come (back) into the world. I don't miss performing."

So for now, this brief view of Diaz channelling her stunt-heavy Charlie's Angels past, 49 seconds into the Boss Bitch challenge, will have to tide fans over:

Here's the full list of participants and the time each appears in the video, as helpfully collated by one YouTube commenter:

00:00 Zoë Bell

00:15 Lucy Lawless

00:20 Tara Macken

00:23 Drew Barrymore

00:27 Juliette Lewis

00:32 Tamiko Brownlee

00:38 Rosario Dawson

00:45 Amy Johnston

00:49 Cameron Diaz

00:55 Kim Murphy

00:58 Daniela Ruah

1:03 Michaela McAllister

1:09 Kaitlin Oslon

1:18 Lauren Mary Kim

1:25 Florence Pugh

1:38 Zoë Bell

1:47 Julia Butters

1:54 Angela Meryl

2:00 Sarah Irwin

2:08 Daryl Hannah

2:13 Sophia Di Martino

2:19 Tracie Thoms

2:32 Shauna Duggins

2:41 Zoe Saldana

2:46 Ming Qiu

2:50 Renée Goldsberry

2:53 Rosie Perez

3:01 Lilly Aspell

3:04 Thandie Newton

3:08 Mel Stubs

3:14 Jessie Graff

3:17 Zoë Bell

3:24 Monique Ganderton

3:32 Halle Berry

3:43 Heidi Moneymaker

3:51 Scarlett Johansson

4:00 Dayna Grant

4:04 Margot Robbie

4:12 Renae Moneymaker

4:18 Zoë Bell

4:25 KT Tunstall

Originally published as Cameron Diaz's rare public appearance

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