But perhaps an even more entertaining revelation, and the one that seems most specifically calculated to drive the Internet into a self-immolating frenzy today, is the fact that Harmon and the writers apparently always wanted to do a Nicolas Cage episode, and yet, frustratingly, didn’t. From Flavorwire‘s (very thorough) Harmon transcript:
For two seasons we wanted to do an episode where Jeff Winger pretended there was a class called “Nicolas Cage Appreciation,” and then the Dean caught them and as punishment to them he was going to make that a real class and force them to watch all the Nicolas Cage movies in one night. The thing about Nicolas Cage movies is… unless you’re a total cynical dick, you have to embrace the fact that Nicolas Cage is a pretty good actor. He’s done a lot of weird, dumb movies, but that was supposed to be the point of the episode – that Nicolas Cage is a metaphor for God, or for society, or for the self, or something. It’s like – what is Nicolas Cage? What is he? Is he an idiot? Or a genius? Can you write him off, or is he inexplicably bound to your soul?
I would have watched the SHIT out of that.