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Guzman statue

  Luis Guzman statue  
First appearance: Advanced Criminal LawOwned by: Greendale — Used by: Free to the public
Purpose: Monument dedicated to a famous Greendale alumni— Made by: unknown


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"This your dean reminding you that among your prestigious alumni is Mr. Luis Guzman, celebrated actor and model Puerto Rican-American...
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Dean Pelton



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Close up of the statue
The Luis Guzman statue is another example of Dean Pelton's ongoing effort to make Greendale seem more prestigious than it actually is; this bronze representation of moderately famous comedic character actor Luis Guzman has been prominently featured in many episodes, usually during an opening shot of the school's campus. The statue was unveiled in the Season One episode Advanced Criminal Law and continues to make appearances throughout the rest of the series.

AppearancesEdit

Season OneEdit


"Advanced Criminal Law": Dean Pelton throws a big ceremony for the unveiling of the statue.

"Communication Studies": It is seen briefly in the opening decorated for Valentine's Day wearing boxer shorts with hearts on them.

"Pascal's Triangle Revisited": When Jeff is making his way across campus; it can be seen under a large banner announcing the 2010 Transfer Dance.
  • The big unveiling.

Season TwoEdit


"Anthropology 101": The statue can be seen in the season premiere when the various members of the group arrive for the first day of classes at Greendale.

"Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas", the statue appears in stop motion animated form while Abed is singing. In the season finale

"For A Few Paintballs More": during a paintball war between City College and Greendale, enemy paintball troopers are seen pulling the statue down.
  • Luis Guzman statue in stop motion animated form
  • City College goons tear down the statue.

Season ThreeEdit

In episode "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux", Luis Guzman visits the school to film a commercial for Greendale and sees his statue for the first time. He later tells Dean Pelton how displeased he is with it. The dean assumes he finds the sculpture's figure unflattering and suggests the bronze adds ten pounds. Luis tells him it's the students that are here now that matter not him or any other alumni who have sinced moved on from the school.



It's like looking at a mirror
It's like looking in a mirror.

TriviaEdit

On the DVD commentaries of Community The Complete Third Season for the episode "Documentary Filmmaking: Redux", show creator Dan Harmon explained the history behind the Luis Guzman statue. He was looking to have a celebrity be an alumnus for Greendale. It was supposed to be part of a recurring theme of how desperate the school was to have any kind of prestige. Harmon's first choice was Mark Hamill from "Star Wars". Harmon asked Hamill if they could use his likeness on the statue. Hamill sent him a personal letter politely declining Harmon's request stating his awareness that the gag is a jab at his current status in Hollywood. Harmon ended up going with noted character actor Luis Guzman instead.

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