'21 Jump Street': Images From Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum's Goofball Comedy
4:35 PM PDT 3/16/2012 by Rachel Shapiro, Kyleen James
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum play two undercover cops who head back to high school to bust up a drug ring in Sony's "21 Jump Street." The film opens nationwide on Friday, March 26 and is projected to earn $30 million in its opening weekend.
Channing Tatum (Jenko) and Jonah Hill (Schmidt) play two cops who are sent undercover at a high school to bust a drug ring in Sony's 21 Jump Street.
Rob Riggle said in an interview with Hollywood.com that he drew from the few "dirtbag" coaches of his past to play the sarcastic high school gym teacher, Mr. Walters in 21 Jump Street.
Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum
Jonah Hill, who co-wrote the film, said he really wanted Channing Tatum to play the part. "We needed someone from the action world...and Channing, out of all the guys from the action world, I feel is the best actor out of all of them," Hill said in an MTV interview together.
Dave Franco, DeRay Davis, Rob Riggle
Dave Franco (left), DeRay Davis (middle) and Rob Riggle (right) all co-star in the comedy, which is based on the 1980's TV series by Stephen J. Cannell.
Hill and Tatum dodge bullets in 21 Jump Street.
Channing Tatum in Action
Channing Tatum in action as he fires his gun surrounded by confetti. "You can't get luckier than me," Tatum said to ESPN.
Ice Cube, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill
Ice Cube plays Captain Dickson in the film, the cop duo's hard-edged boss.
Ice Cube Playing Boss
"I was surprised at the screening and thought, 'Damn, they put 'Straight Outta Compton' in there!' Whenever you put 'Straight Outta Compton' in a scene, it enhances it for some reason," Ice Cubesaid to Strickly Cinema referencing Jonah Hill's decision to put his own N.W.A's song in the film.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum
The two don shades and police uniforms while taking care of business.
Brie Larson, Holly Robinson Peete and Ellie Kemper
Brie Larson, Holly Robinson Peete and Ellie Kemper bring their sassy feminine flair to the film.
In The Hollywood Reporter’s review of the film, Michael Rechtshaffen said, "Not since Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg teamed up in The Other Guys has an onscreen pairing proved as comically rewarding as the inspired partnership of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum."
Brie Larson and Jonah Hill
Brie Larson plays Molly Tracey, Schmidt's (Jonah Hill) love interest in the film.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum In Action
It's not all fun and games, as the partners also have several action scenes in the comedy.
Hill Fixes Up His Co-Star
Hill and Tatum not only star in the film, but also serve as executive producers.
Brie Larson With Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller
"It was this hour-long audition of just super-bonding and laughing and having a great time," Brie Larsonsaid in an interview about her audition for 21 Jump Street directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Stars of 21 Jump Street
Tatum, Hill and their co-stars march in dramatic fashion.
Brie Larson and Jonah Hill
"I'm his girl," Larson said in a YouTube video interview about her character's relationship with Schmidt (Hill).
Ellie Kemper and Channing Tatum
Ellie Kemper plays a teacher who has a crush on Channing Tatum's character. "My finest acting...it was very difficult," Kemper joked to Ellen Degeneres.
"Very irresponsible cops," Hill said, referring to his and Tatum's characters, on the Ellen Degeneres show.
Dave Franco plays a high school drug dealer. The younger Franco brother is proving himself in Hollywood and appears on GQ's April issue.
The Odd Couple
The two play goofy high school friends who later become still-goofy undercover cops. An L.A. Times critic calls it, "great goofball gusto."
Match Made In Heaven
"We're the greatest friends now and when you see me laugh on screen, you can tell me it's me really laughing," Tatum said about co-star Hill when they appeared on CBS This Morning.