Rob Lowe fans have one man to thank for their favorite actor not retiring: Legendary Eighties Hollywood agent Warren Klein. If we’re lead to believe the latest voicemail released by Funny or Die, Rob Lowe was so upset that Tom Hulce beat him out for the lead role in Milos Forman’s Amadeus, he was seriously considering quitting acting. But good old Warren talked him down…after recounting a breakfast at Benihana with Pat Morita.

Unfortunately, Warren Klein wasn’t a real person. He’s just a character created by Funny or Die, but Lowe does lend his voice to the latest in a series of videos ripe with references sure to delight fans of Eighties pop culture. Listen below. Read More »

Following all the funny, viral videos that pop up online is virtually impossible. The secret is finding a niche that you like. Some people like cats, other like fake trailers or people getting hurt. For me, I love voicemails from the “powerful 1980s Hollywood agent” Warren Klein.

Funny or Die has already released two of these gems and now the third has just gone up. It’s a four and a half minute message supposedly left for Christian Slater about the devastating news that Josh Brolin’s skateboarding film Thrashin’ had its release date pushed in front of Slater’s film, Gleaming the Cube. Along the way Klein talks about Michael Winslow’s Police Academy contract, Benihana, Goonies heat and where to buy razors in Hollywood. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

LOL: 1980’s Hollywood Agent Voicemails

When most of us think of a Hollywood agent, the image of Entourage‘s Ari Gold comes to mind. A fast-talking, smarmy, foul mouthed big shot. Warren Klein was not that. Once named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine (in 1986) Klein was a huge Hollywood agent who represented many of the big stars of the Eighties: C. Thomas Howell, Jami Gertz, Kirk Cameron, etc. A Funny or Die user has uncovered some of his voicemails and not only do they paint a picture of a very, very different time in Hollywood – the kind of time when $35,000 was a huge pay out and back end on Betamax was a contract perk – but the name-dropping, tech-talk and incredible lack of foresight will make your day. Read More »