Warburton, 54, who played Elaine’s on-again-off-again lover David Puddy in the unassuming sitcom is introduced in Season 6 and immediately imposes his will on the franchise with his deep voice and towering stature- Elaine saw herself wildly attracted to Puddy’s masculine features, something Warburton credited when asked about the union of the unlikely pair.
“He’s emphatically not the sharpest tool in the shed. I always wondered what Puddy and Elaine we’re doing together, ” Warburton joked. “I always imagined the caring must have been really good because he didn’t delivering a lot to the table in the realm of conversation.”
“It must have been that. Elaine, she was shallow. She probably just wanted to get it on and then be on her direction, ” he added.
While David Puddy may be one of Warburton’s most recognizable personas, the actor has long established his marking on Hollywood with venerable roles on “Rules of Engagement, ” “A Series of Unfortunate Events, ” “Men In Black II” and “Get Smart.”
The performer likewise holds down voice-acting personas on “Family Guy” and “The Venture Bros.” and has given his voice to a number of enlivened names, such as’ The Emperor’s New Groove, ” “Kim Possible, ” “Bee Movie” and “Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.”
However, the current face of National Car Rental said all of this has been decades in the making and credited his time working on low-budget cinemas as a young performer in hardening his passion for performing.
“When I was 22, I got to go to South Africa for four months and do films with Oliver Reed and he’s a legend. It was amazing, ” Warburton recalled of his time pushing through the gauntlet. “The movies were Cannon cinemas- they’re unwatchable. They’re just horrible. Reed, who would start drinking whiskey at 10 o’clock in the morning is really the only watchable thing in them because he was great, ” the actor quipped.
The funnyman continued: “The remainder of us suck. I was the worst of the cluster. So that was kind of like a false-hearted narration. I imagined, well this is great- when you’re 22 and working in Africa in films- I’ll only do this, I guess. Then it wasn’t work that begot work, you are aware. So I sort of felt it[ was right] to start over after that- doing theater, studying and if this is going to be something to make a living out of, you’ve got to take it seriously.”
The rock and roll musician noted that he is frequently recognized for his “ubiquitous” voice and likened other voiceover actors to “chameleons, ” explaining that they display an intrinsic knowledge of differentiating various attributes. “But I’m not one of the chameleons, ” he added, clarifying that though many of his personas are very different- they still sound more alike than not.
When asked his favorite voiceover from the cornucopia of personas he’s exemplified, the Bearded Pearl Clams crooner wasted no time before giving up the sentimental gentle monster he adoration the most.
“Kronk is very special. ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ was the first major project I have to go to do. It was Disney, I adoration the specific characteristics, I got to be a part of, sort of inventing the character, ” Warburton lamented. “Because you have to- they’ve get pages of a character description but even the producers and director don’t know what a attribute is just like until they hear it.”
“So you’ve got to go in and bring something to the table, and so I have to go to get creative with that, ” said Warburton before breaking out into an impromptu Kronk rendition. “This guy Kronk was, you are aware- he was a henchman but he didn’t seem to be terribly bad. So I merely saw perhaps he was a little bit sweeter and came down here. He did like to cook.”
“And they were like,’ That’s it, ’ said Warburton. “But you could have gone dark with him. It could’ve been darker, but it just didn’t feel right, you know.”
“So you just have to figure things out and help them- and it’s fun to be part of that creative process.”