Movie Review: Channing Tatum Keeps His Shirt On in ’21 Jump Street’ [Video]

Channing Tatum became the main topic for discussions Monday night at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas after the premiere of ‘21 Jump Street’ — the comedic re-imagining of the 1980s-era television show.

Cheers filled the auditorium as the cast and filmmakers took the stage following the screening, with Channing Tatum and costar Jonah Hill dressed in the same ill-fitting bicycle cop uniforms they wear in the movie, writes The Los Angeles Times.

Initially Jonah Hill doubted when he was offered the assignment of co-writing an R-rated comedy based on the show 21 Jump Street. He just didn’t know how to show a modern take on the TV police procedural that showcased Johnny Depp in his 1980s breakout role.

“I was like, ‘Forget it, I pass,’ ” Hill said recently during a tour to promote the movie. “The goal was making it like a Bad Boys meets a John Hughes movie. And now I feel confident that we have some kind of cool version of that.”

21 Jump Street’ is directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, and features Hill and Tatum as cops assigned to go undercover by acting as high-school students in order to bring down a synthetic-drug ring.

Hill has earned a supporting-actor Oscar nomination for his role in ‘Moneyball’, but is mostly known for his starring in ‘Superbad’. As for Tatum, he divides his screen time between action (‘Haywire’) and romance (‘The Vow’).

“I really wanted the pairing to feel unexpected,” Hill explained. “And I really wanted the movie poster to be like, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen these two guys together.’ ”

Meanwhile, Tatum was a little anxious about his role. Improvising in a flat-out laugh fest is far from his comfort zone. “You’ve got to give yourself over to it, in a way,” he said of the improv approach that Hill favours. “And you have to have faith in Jonah, and the people that chose you, and go with it.”

The actor added that he felt he was “schooled in the art, because I can’t imagine making a movie in this genre without the actors helping each other.” Hill gives Tatum an A for effort in ad libbing, but both actors agreed it was Riggle who came up with some of the best lines, claims Montreal Gazette.

Riggle, who is known for his role as the Tasering cop in ‘The Hangover’, said the 21 Jump Street environment “was freeing to the point of craziness,” which encouraged him to go full throttle. “When you know the best line wins no matter what, it only makes things better, and funnier,” he said.

One of the Hill’s favourite scenes is the opening, which shows a wannabe Eminem in high school. “I had that idea while we were shooting,” said Hill, whose character struts into his school to Eminem’s music. “I had a lot of resistance from people on that, but I was like, ‘Just trust me.’ ”

“I wanted the movie to feel like an hourand-a-half party,” Hill reveled. “I wanted to have fun doing it, and the audience to have fun watching it, and I feel we deliver on that.”According to Hill, the film connects on a level that the teenager in all of us can appreciate.

“I like our film’s back-to-the-future element of reliving a really important period of your life,” Hill said. “You know, that’s when you think you have all the answers in high school, but then you find out all the answers are completely false.”

Hill about the possibility of a sequel and how any of them could potentially be replaced by Ryan Gosling. Getting serious for a moment, Hill noted, “All of us up here would love to do a sequel, but it’s no longer in our hands.”

He kept on talking: “So if you tell your friends that the movie was great and they go watch it and it makes a bunch of money, then we will all be making a sequel very soon. If not, you will never see us ever again. It’s in your hands, no longer ours.”

Share This article

We welcome comments that advance the story directly or with relevant tangential information. We try to block comments that use offensive language, all capital letters or appear to be spam, and we review comments frequently to ensure they meet our standards. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Coinspeaker Ltd.