|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.|
|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.
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.