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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 11/ 9/2010

Robert Downey Jr. is Mr. Peanut. We suggest more product mascot/celebrity pairings

By Liz Kelly

As Michael Cavna reported over at Comic Riffs, Robert Downey Jr. will provide the voice of Mr. Peanut in a new series of Planters ads set to launch next week. Here's a preview:

Since Planters is going to the A list to update its campaign, we thought we'd help out the rest of corporate America by suggesting a few other product mascot/celebrity pairings. Did we leave any obvious matches out? If so, add to comments.

Kool-Aid man: Zach Galifianakis
Not wearing a jug costume, but a red leotard and doing his best "little teapot" pose. Would have to be directed by Judd Apatow and rated R. Hey, he looks good in red anyway.

Charmin's Mr. Whipple: Jason Alexander
I hate to typecast, but... hey, the guy hasn't got too much else going on.

Chiquita Banana: James Franco
Since we know he's not afraid to do drag, I'd love to see Franco reimagined as Carmen Miranda and singing "I am Chiquita Banana and I'm here to say..."

Count Chocula: Robert Pattinson
The most brooding cereal vampire ever. Sales to tween girls would skyrocket.

Doublemint gum: The Olsen twins
If Doublemint is looking to actually dissuade consumers from chewing gum, we suggest these pouty, elusive millionaires.

Energizer Bunny: Kanye West
He literally can't be turned off.

GEICO Gecko: Russell Crowe
How about we replace that annoying reptile with Crowe, doing his best Yorkshire accent, as a barn owl who spends nights hunting down geckos? Catch phrase: "I will have my car insurance, in this life or the next."

Tony the Tiger: Gary Busey
Not only will he roar, but he'll make a hat out of your endocrine system.

Mr. Clean: Lindsay Lohan
Reimagined as the feminine Ms. Clean. This would be post Betty Ford, obviously, and could kick start her comeback.

McGruff the crime dog: Benedict Cumberbatch
If he can single-handedly put Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes to shame, just imagine what he could do for the lame McGruff campaign.

Charlie the Tuna: Justin Timberlake
We've already seen him do justice to a full-body Cup o' Soup costume. Now imagine him as an updated Starkist pitchman: Charlie the Autotune-a.

By Liz Kelly  | November 9, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Pop Culture  
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Liz, the "Sherlock" actor's name is Benedict Cumberbatch. So common, how could anyone mess THAT up? (Just teasin')

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 9, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The Noid - David Spade
Hamburglar - David Hassellhoff
Pillsbury Dough Boy - Val Kilmer

Posted by: MStreet1 | November 9, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Nosy, Mr. Cumberbatch is now correctly identified.

Posted by: Liz Kelly | November 9, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Rooney Mara as the new Mrs Olson for Folgers Coffee. One Swedish heroine is good as the next, right?

Posted by: changling | November 9, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

actually, I thought Howie Mandel would make a better Mr. Clean. He has the bald head and that OCD thing...

Posted by: cjbriggs | November 9, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

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