November 11th, 2010
01:45 PM ET
He's played icons from Charlie Chaplin to Iron Man, and now Robert Downey Jr. is taking a crack at Mr. Peanut.
In a groundbreaking new commercial for Planters Peanuts, Downey lends his voice to the monocled, leggy legume, marking the first time in history that the character - who was introduced in 1916 - has ever spoken, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The 33-second ad features the top-hatted Mr. Peanut throwing a holiday party and giving tips for the perfect celebration. "Just serve classy snacks, and be a gracious host," he says, "no matter who shows up."
That's when a nutcracker named Richard arrives and the room falls silent.
"Hey, sorry about last week – I don't know what got into me," says an uneasy Richard as Mr. Peanut turns to reveal a bandaged fracture in his head.
But will Mr. Peanut forgive and forget? View the video to find out!
The new Planters ad, which premiered online on Tuesday, is set to run in theaters and on television.
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