Channing Tatum says he was a huge fan of the original "21 Jump Street" show and that the movie "isn't a complete departure" from it.
The 31-year-old actor stars in the new film adaptation alongside Jonah Hill. "21 Jump Street" is based on a 1980s cop series starring Johnny Depp and hit theaters on Friday, March 16. Tatum was about seven years old when the original series premiered in 1987. It ended its run in 1991.
"I was [a fan], I saw it, growing up, every Friday with my sister, I mean, that's just what we watched. I mean that was it," Tatum told OnTheRedCarpet.com co-host Rachel Smith at the recent premiere for the movie, regarding the old series. "So I didn't know what to expect when I read it [the script]. This isn't a complete departure in a way - we take our own sort of view on it."
Hill is known for his roles in comedy films such as "Superbad" and was recently nominated for his first Oscar for his role in the drama film "Moneyball." Hill returns to his comedic roots in "21 Jump Street," playing as an underachieving rookie cop sent to a local high school to go undercover as a student to try and take down a drug ring. Tatum, who also starred in the "G.I. Joe" films, portrays his partner.
"21 Jump Street" also stars Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Brie Larson and Ice Cube, who plays the police captain. It also features original cast members Depp and Holly Robinson Peete.
Depp played Officer Tom Hanson on the 1980s series and makes a cameo in the new film as his old character. Peete has a larger role in "21 Jump Street" movie and is also playing her former part of Officer Judy Hoffs. She is also known for playing Christina on the CBS comedy "Mike & Molly" and was a co-host of the network's daytime series "The Talk" last year.
In October 2011, Hill and Tatum engaged in a Twitter war, battling to see who could get the most followers by November 2. The two appeared in videos asking fans for re-Tweets to spread the word. The stunt was in part to promote the film and the winner posted the red band trailer to the film.
Tatum also took to Twitter to express his excitement for the movie's release, writing on March 13, "Thanks to all of the fans that came out to support us at the #21JumpStreet premiere tonight!"
Tatum is married to his "Step-Up" co-star Jenna Dewan Tatum. He recently starred in the romance flick "The Vow" alongside Rachel McAdams.
Watch the trailer for "21 Jump Street below."
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).