Perhaps you dread seeing the voice-mail light glowing when you walk into work in the morning as much as I do. But have you ever arrived to a message from an ape? I recently did. "This is Warren DeMontague, man," the affected, haughty voice began. "Listen, I don't know if you're familiar with my work, but I'm a Fabricated-American thespian — some people call us 'puppets' — on Greg the Bunny, an unfortunately titled little show that is debuting on the Independent Film Channel on Aug. 19 at 10 pm [ET], plug-plug-plug."
Created by Dan Milano, Spencer Chinoy and Sean Baker, Greg and Warren made their first bid for TV fame on Fox in 2002. That version of Greg the Bunny only lasted six months — a fate Warren blames on its titular star. "People love the Bunny because he has a face that looks good on a lunch box and a low IQ — Hollywood loves that — while I am a hardworking and talented thespian who takes the craft seriously. But the show keeps getting canceled, so maybe it's the title?" he posited with a shrug. Further illuminating the Ape's "issues" was the fact that he claimed his costar wasn't available to talk, although the Bunny was heard vying for attention in the background. Finally, Greg grabbed the phone to tout his new series, which now delivered spoofs of such films as Annie Hall, Barton Fink, Pulp Fiction and Fargo: "Hello? Hi, please watch my show, because I'd watch yours. OK? Bye." TVGuide.com later fulfilled Warren's wish for a one-on-one interview because, frankly, it's hard to dodge a PR-hungry primate.
TVGuide.com: For the uninitiated, what's with your headwear?
Warren "the Ape" DeMontague: Ah, yes. A lot of people ask about it, which is why I wear it. It stands out at auditions; it gets the job done.... It's part of who I am.
TVGuide.com: Are you amazed that your previous series lasted as long as it did on "that other network"?
Warren: Absolutely. But there were shows treated much worse than we were. It was by and large a great experience. I just can't believe we coasted that long on the Bunny's fumes to begin with. We had a good human cast — Gary Oldman did a few episodes — so that probably helped things out a bit.
TVGuide.com: With regards to your costar's unusual conquest in the new series' premiere episode, "Bunnie Hall," do you think the world is ready for rabbit-lobster sex?
Warren: I think, in general, that it's time that Fabricated-Americans are accepted in society, and rabbit-lobster sex is just as valid as any other kind.
TVGuide.com: You're obviously a very refined and compelling personality. Do any endorsement deals get pitched your way?
Warren: They haven't contacted me, but I would love to do [ads for] Hennessy. I like the brown liquors. Those are my favorite, I'm not going to lie to you.
TVGuide.com: Lastly, can you address the rumors that you were up for the role in Peter Jackson's King Kong remake?
Warren: I've heard that. It's probably the most stereotypical thing that an ape can do, but I'd get up there and swat at airplanes, walk around in my own dung, fight dinosaurs.... Whatever, man, if it pays, I'll do it. I've got babies to feed. [But for now] I have a one-man show I'm doing, off-off-off-off-Broadway, and I have a biography coming out called "Postcards from the S---storm," about my three divorces — from the same woman.