Do you recognize the Kentucky Fried Chicken Colonel? If you haven't had a chance to see the new KFC television ad, pay close attention when you do and check out 80's heartthrob and Brat Pack member Rob Lowe as the company's newest spokesperson. Rob Lowe has now joined the list of celebrity KFC Colonels with Norm MacDonald and Darrell Hammond. The food chain announced on Friday that they had chosen Lowe as the new Colonel.

Rob Lowe is now plugging chicken sandwiches.

From "The Outsiders" "St. Elmo's Fire" to "The West Wing and "Brother's and Sisters to KFC? Who would have thought? The new ad features Rob Lowe as Mission Commander Colonel Sanders.

Wearing an astronaut suit ad telling the world he plans to send the new KFC Chicken Sandwich also known as the "Zinger" into space.

“The time has come to explore beyond our known horizons to push KFC’s spicy, crispy chicken sandwich to new heights,” he says. “Sure, there’ll be questions,” he continues. “Like why.”

Rob Lowe actually has sweet reason behind new KFC deal.

Why we may be questioning a lot of why(s) in the television advertising business of late such as Rob Lowe's dedication to KFC and Jon Bon Jovi turning back time for Direct TV, Lowe has given us his explanation. Lowe reveals that grandfather headed up the Ohio chapter of the National Restaurant Association during the 1960's, and one day took him to meet Colonel Harland Sanders when he was young,” Lowe said. “It was a big deal” the actor stated.

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Rob also admitted that he believes doing the ad would be, "a nice homage to both Colonel Sanders and to my grandfather.” And now we know. It sounds a both sweet and all in fun gig for the 53-year-old actor and father, but some television fans are just hoping it doesn't get taken too far for Lowe like with the too numerous Direct TV ads.

Many fans over the years have expressed their desire to see Rob and the other members of the 80's Brat pack do a reunion type "St.Elmo's Fire" film. It would be kind of cool to see where the gang ended up all these years later. After all, it is the generation of the remake, reboot, and reunion for all television and entertainment purposes. Perhaps Netflix could be persuaded to make this one of their new upcoming projects?

"St. Elmos' Fire" debuted back in 1985 and starred Rob, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Mare Winningham, and tells the tale of a group of longtime friends and recent graduates of Georgetown University attempting to adapt to life after college.

What are your thoughts on Rob Lowe as the KFC Colonel?