21 Jump Street directors impressed by Tatum

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An action comedy film about a pair of underachieving cops (played by Channing Tatum & Jonah Hill) who use their youthful appearances to go undercover at a local high school where a suspected drug ring is operating. Based off the TV series of the same name.
March 13th, 2012

The '21 Jump Street' directors were surprised by how good an actor Channing Tatum is.

Co-writers and directors, Chris Miller and Phil Lord were adamant they wanted a ''Channing Tatum type'' for the role of underachieving cop Jenko who is sent back to a local high school with his partner to blend in and bring down a drug ring but didn't initially consider hiring him for the part.

They told thehollywoodnews.com: ''We looked at other people for Channing's part and we kept talking about like a 'Channing Tatum type', and then we thought well let's just meet Channing Tatum, and it really demonstrates our own prejudices that we were pleasantly surprised to find out what a powerful actor he was, and what a neat person he was. We just felt like dumb-dumbs that we hadn't thought of going to him sooner.''

The directors also revealed Channing and co-star Jonah Hill (who plays Schmidt) played off each other well and improvised many of their scenes.

They said: ''There was a lot of improvisation in the movie. We intentionally cast actors who were all good at improvisation so that they would have a spontaneity, a looseness, be able to try things, and use the script as a springboard and narrative spine.

''We tried to build in a lot of looseness when we were shooting it, and we were working with very talented actors who are really funny. Channing was no different - he was a really great improviser as well, and I think Jonah and Channing really respected each other and what they each brought to the table.''