3. Owen Wilson was the inspiration for one key scene in the episode "Tests And Breasts," where James Franco's character feigns tears in order to get out of being caught cheating.
"I don’t know where the idea for this one came from. All I know is that the ending is based on something Owen Wilson did. Because Judd said Owen told him once that he’d gotten in trouble with something similar to this, and he just started crying. But it was this calculated thing, because he could pretend to cry to get out of it. Then it just became her getting bamboozled, and the audience getting bamboozled, too," Feig said. It's a pretty great scene, watch it below.
4. The show's most controversial plot point, where Ken (Seth Rogen) discovers that his new girlfriend (played by "Election" star Jessica Campbell) was born an intersex woman, started as a joke.
"I wasn’t even there. I was off supervising the set, and I had heard that—we were all sitting around and just got on this laughing jag, because it was like, 'We’ve got to get Ken a girlfriend. What would be the funniest thing that could happen if Ken got a girlfriend?' The joke was, 'She has a dick.' I think it was said just as a joke, and then Judd [Apatow] and [writer] Mike [White] got obsessed with trying to make it happen," Feig elaborated. "And there was, like, an uprising, and the writers were like, 'Oh, you’re joking, right?' I’m like, 'No, we’ve got to do this!' People really got upset, like we were totally going to jump the shark—not that we knew what 'jump the shark' was back then. I’ve always been up for a challenge, so I remember them coming to me, going, 'Nobody wants to do this,' and all the writers were complaining to me, and Judd was like, 'I don’t know, I think it’d be funny.' I remember just saying to Judd, 'Let’s do it.' I love a challenge like that. You know, try to figure out a realistic way to do something crazy. Not that it’s crazy, but it’s kind of crazy."
5. Feig wrote the show's final episode while in Vegas at Christmas with a motley crew including Apatow, Quentin Tarantino, Adam Sandler... and Carl Weathers.
"I had to write it over Christmas vacation. We’d write stuff down on the board that we wanted to do, and I remember we always had up there, 'Lindsay becomes a Deadhead,' we wrote 'Nick gets into disco' and ['Dungeons & Dragons']. So it was kind of like, 'Okay, those things are up for grabs. They’re not going to get used in any other episodes.' So I remember just going, 'I’m going to just write all of those in this last episode,' and kind of not knowing how to do it. So I really struggled for a while trying to figure it out, and then got it close, and then we went to Vegas over Christmas vacation, and Judd was there with Quentin Tarantino, and it was just crazy," Feig said. "I think Adam Sandler was there. Carl Weathers. We had this weird group we were all hanging out with, and I remember like sitting in one of the big hotels with Judd, going through the outline, trying to figure stuff out. And then sitting in a bathtub—by myself—in this hotel with all these Grateful Dead books, reading up on the Grateful Dead, and going through their lyrics and stuff. That episode, a lot of it got written in Las Vegas, for whatever reason."
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