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Smurfette and Taylor Swift have more in common than just their long blonde locks.
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updated 8/1/2011 1:02:15 PM ET 2011-08-01T17:02:15
OPINION

"The Smurfs" movie his theaters Friday, and even though the little blue guys are fictional, we see some Hollywood equivalents.

Papa Smurf: Must be calm, kind, and infinitely patient even under the stress of keeping his legion of subjects out of Gargamel’s cauldron. Must be able to convince anyone to do the right thing, even if they are bigger and stronger than Smurfs, or bewitched by one of the area’s magicians.

Hollywood equivalent:Morgan Freeman. It’s no accident that he’s played God and Nelson Mandela lately, and is the narrator of choice for anyone making a documentary. Nobody has the voice of authority that he does, and he’s great at using the art of persuasion, rather than intimidation. Papa Smurf requires nothing less.

Video: Watch 'The Smurfs' trailer (on this page)

Brainy Smurf: The name says it all — he’s the smartest of the Smurfs, or at least considers himself to be. Always quick to toot his own horn when a problem arises, he’s also supremely confident in his own abilities and does not often take direction.

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James "Brainy Smurf" Franco, is that you?

Hollywood equivalent:James Franco. Here’s a guy who’s not afraid to take on a challenge, whether it’s pursuing a PhD or supplementing his movie career by hosting the Academy Awards and guest-starring on “General Hospital.” He’s more intellectually curious than the stereotypical Hollywood star, and like Brainy Smurf he’s not shy about making his intelligence known.

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Hefty Smurf: He’s the strongman of the group, hearkening back to a time when bodybuilding was the latest craze. You need anything lifted in the Smurf Village, he’s your guy.

Hollywood equivalent:Arnold Schwarzenegger. A classic Smurf deserves an old-school strongman, and Schwarzenegger fits the bill. Besides, Arnold probably longs for those carefree days when he was known solely for his biceps and not for his personal life. Gargamel is a wimpy foe compared to the paparazzi.

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Clumsy Smurf: Always stumbling and bumbling around the forest, Clumsy’s not someone you want carrying that priceless vase. But his heart is in the right place, and he’ll always be there when you need him.

Hollywood equivalent:Will Ferrell. Who’s better at playing a character who always seems to be a step behind, only to wind up saving the day in the end? He might trip over Azrael the cat and dump the Smurfs into a stew pot, but he’ll somehow manage to get them out again.

Slideshow: Will Ferrell’s wonderful world (on this page)

Smurfette: This is a tricky one. The only adult female Smurf, she’s the object of all male attention, and has to project as both desirable and unattainable, plus be able to handle herself in a fight. If she’s dating anyone, it has to be a complete secret.

Hollywood equivalent:Taylor Swift. OK, she’s more known as a singer than an actress, but she’s young, blonde, reasonably good at keeping her personal life out of the tabloids, and is far from a shrinking violet. She’d excel at all Smurfy challenges, whether it’s handling dozens of little blue suitors or finding her way home from deep in the forest.

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  1. Katy Perry

    On July 29, Katy Perry will make her animated debut voicing a Smurfette in "The Smurfs." "I feel like a walking cartoon most of the time, anyway," Perry told USA Today of her role. The California girl joins a long list of stars who have lent their voices to animated characters.

    Perry's character channels Marilyn Monroe's famous "Seven Year Itch" moment in the movie's trailer, as the Smurfette's billowy white dress flies up over a windy grate.

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  2. Angelina Jolie

    Angelina Jolie's children were the biggest fans of her role as Tigress in "Kung Fu Panda." "I brought my children to see the movie and they absolutely loved the movie and laughed though the whole thing," the actress told The Hollywood Reporter.

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  3. Anne Hathaway

    Anne Hathaway gave a voice to character Jewel in "Rio." Though Hathaway made her singing debut in the film, she had done voiceover work before in the TV shows "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy." (Getty Images; Everett) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Cameron Diaz

    Cameron Diaz voiced Princess Fiona, the unlikely damsel in "Shrek." "She's never depended on anyone to rescue her, which is a different message from Snow White and Rapunzel, waiting for a Prince Charming to come rescue her," Diaz said.

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  5. Christina Applegate

    Christina Applegate voiced sassy female chipmunk Brittany in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," alongside two other Chipettes, played by Amy Poehler and Anna Faris. (Getty Images; Everett) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Ellen DeGeneres

    Ellen DeGeneres puckered up to play Dory in 2003's "Finding Nemo." The comedian mastered the amnesiac fish's stumbling speech patterns in the film.

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  7. Emma Watson

    Emma Watson voiced the part of Princess Pea in "The Tale of Despereaux." "I read the script, and I just loved it. It was so charming. I fell in love with Despereaux, so I really didn't have a choice. I had to be his princess," Watson told MTV. (Getty Images; Everett) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Isla Fisher

    Isla Fisher gave voice to Dr. Mary Lou Larue in "Horton Hears a Who!" The Dr. Seuss-inspired film boasted a star-studded cast of Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Seth Rogan and Jaime Pressly. (Getty Images; Everett) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Jada Pinkett Smith

    Jada Pinkett Smith played Gloria in "Madagascar" and "Madagascar 2." "I always have such a good time with Gloria, it allows me to be very playful," Smith said of her role in the films.

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  10. Jennifer Aniston

    Jennifer Aniston served as the voice for character Annie Hughes in 1999's "Iron Giant," when the actress was still part of the "Friends" cast. (Getty Images; Everett) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Miley Cyrus

    Miley Cyrus provided the voice to Penny in "Bolt." More than her voiceover, she won high praise for the song "I Though I Lost You," which she sings in the film with John Travolta. (Getty Images; Everett) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Nicole Kidman

    Nicole Kidman voiced penguin Norma Jean opposite Hugh Jackman and Robin Williams in 2006's "Happy Feet."

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  13. Queen Latifah

    Queen Latifah provided comedy as the voice of Ellie, a mammoth who is convinced that she is a possum, in "Ice Age." "She has her own idea about who she is and she just won't be dissuaded," the star said of her character. (Getty Images; Everett) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Reese Witherspoon

    Reese Witherspoon chose to play Susan Murphy a.k.a Ginormica in "Monsters vs Aliens" because the character had role model potential. "You always go for the great character to play, even if she's animated," Witherspoon said.

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