Sunday, July 27, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Q&A: Tatum, Hill on their sequel satire ’22 Jump’

By
From page B3 | June 13, 2014 |

NEW YORK — The comic duo of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill began with an intentionally bad idea.

Hill called up Tatum: “So I have this probably terrible idea, but I want to see if you’re interested,” he said. Adapting the 1980s TV show “21 Jump Street” was the pitch, and Tatum couldn’t resist Hill’s anti-sell.

The movie, a send-up of TV show adaptations while at the same time being one, was a hit. Now, Hill and Tatum are back this Friday with “22 Jump Street,” directed (like the first) by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the maestros of turning shallow conceits (“The Lego Movie”) into self-reflexive satire.

Beginning with a “previously on” clip reel and ending with a slew of mock sequel teasers, “22 Jump Street” again showcases Tatum and Hill’s rapport in a self-aware comedy that sends up sequel-making and dissolves into such absurdity that, one point, it literally turns into “The Benny Hill Show.”

In a recent interview, Hill and Tatum reflected on their partnership in parody and what Hill calls “the most difficult week of my life.”

___

AP: Did you know early on how good your chemistry together was?

Hill: I think we got lucky. We knew we would get along, but also the way we interact is luckily funny. It makes us laugh. I think it makes other people enjoy watching us hang out. When we’re on set and we’re hanging out and laughing, I can see people smiling.

Tatum: I definitely went into this, more than most films, with zero, zero ego. I was very insecure about trying to go do a comedy. I was just sort of like: “Tell me what to do.”

AP: You guys might seem quite different, but you overlap in many ways. You have director Bennett Miller in common (Hill received his first Oscar nomination for Miller’s “Moneyball,” while Tatum stars in the upcoming “Foxcatcher”), and you both have terrible things done to you in “This Is the End.”

Tatum: It was like 2 in the morning — they must have still been shooting — and I hear my email go off. I pick up my phone for whatever reason. I never do this. I don’t email with Seth (Rogen), but it’s Seth and he’s like, “Don’t be mad at me. We’re sitting here and we have a crazy idea for a cameo for you that involves you, Danny McBride, a retractable dog leash and a Mexican wrestling mask.” And I was like, “I’m in.”

AP: In the time you’ve been making the “Jump Street” movies, your careers have both exploded.

Tatum: When (Hill) got nominated (for “The Wolf of Wall Street”), it was so insanely … I felt like I got nominated. I’m not even kidding. It was one of those, like, “YES!”

Hill: I had a very similar experience with Cannes. I was in my bed at home and I got an email with the first “Foxcatcher” review from Cannes. It was like 6 or 7 a.m. in Los Angeles. And I knew what that meant for the road they’re about to go on. I was screaming and I called (Tatum) and Bennett. Neither of them picked up. They screened my calls.

AP: Following the video that showed Hill calling a paparazzo a gay slur, what has this week been like?

Hill: It’s been the most difficult weeks of my life, without any question. I’ll say this: It’s been the most painful week of my life. I’m someone who beats themselves up for their mistakes in life. I don’t want to keep giving a watered down apology because what I said on Jimmy Fallon was from my heart and what I wanted to get out there. But there is a silver lining to it if people who are young and fans of mine hear me say, “Use me as an example of what not to do.”

Tatum: Knowing him, it’s even frustrating. … He’s such a thoughtful person. Even when we’re on set and improv-ing and it starts skirting around anything racist or bigoted, he’s like, “I’m going to stop this before we go into any offensive territory.”

AP: How did the end credits sequence of fake “Jump Street” sequels come about?

Hill: We were screening the movie and it was testing really well and the audience was responding really well to it. We were sitting around going, “The movie plays great. I wish there was one more thing to send people off with a great feeling.” One last jab at ourselves, too. One more: “We suck.”

 

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

It’s a small world, after all, in Galen Tom’s photos

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
County urges weed abatement

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Cows graze unusual Rockville park location

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A1, 18 Comments | Gallery

 
Why today’s kids are such lazy sloths

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2, 17 Comments

 
 
Where are the Christians?

By Noel Reese | From Page: C3, 31 Comments

Military service a family tradition

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Kairos Family BBQ a success

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
‘Rosie’ the Shelby Mustang arrives at Jelly Belly

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Families camp out in Vacaville

By Adrienne Harris | From Page: A5, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Trends in state, around town remain positive

By Brian Miller and Karl Dumas | From Page: B7, 1 Comment

 
Famous Creations comes to downtown Fairfield

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B7, 2 Comments | Gallery

Move toward higher drug co-pays gains steam

By Tom Philpott | From Page: B10

 
County graduates complete basic military training

By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B10

Fairfield police log: July 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: July 25, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Utah couple, 78 and 80, wed at nursing home

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

Scientists unlock secrets to boost metabolism

By Mcclatchy-Tribune News Service | From Page: C4

 
Northern California wildfire destroys 5 homes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

California can’t say if it’s meeting drought goal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Promises of easier nuclear construction fall short

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Plane hits truck as it lands on Nevada highway

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 1 Comment

 
Dutch: 1st victim identified from Flight 17

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Israel says it’s extending Gaza truce for 24 hours

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

 
Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

American doctor in Africa tests positive for Ebola

By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

 
.

Opinion

Stop the insult of Native American people

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 20 Comments

 
Bad week for representative government

By Glen Faison | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

Who’s cold-hearted?

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 10 Comments

 
City’s PLA vote sets up wait-and-see scenario

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
Sound off for July 27, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

Editorial Cartoons: July 27, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Batson off mark in recent column

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8, 7 Comments

 
We’re bordering on madness

By Thomas Sowell | From Page: A9, 1 Comment

Skip comparisons with Mexico

By Ruben Navarrette | From Page: A9, 3 Comments

 
.

Living

Roaring ’20s-themed weddings have all that jazz

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Community Calendar: July 27, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Today in History for July 27, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Comfort dog will join Grand Island church

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

Horoscopes for July 27, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

 
What can I do to get my brother to keep in touch?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

.

Entertainment

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Texas Book Festival gives sneak peak at authors

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Another author boosted by ‘Colbert Bump’

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
A troubled teen in flight from a nuclear meltdown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

‘Up the Down Staircase’ writer Kaufman dies at 103

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

Kershaw throws 2-hitter as Dodgers beat Giants 5-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Courtney, Brittany Force No. 1 qualifiers at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Raiders have high hopes for rookie Khalil Mack

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
 
Giants acquire righty Jake Peavy from Red Sox

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Martin wins Stage 20; Nibali set to win Tour, with 2 Frenchmen on podium

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Indians advance to league championship game

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B3

Mudcats win in extra innings

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B3

 
Gray wins 6th straight, A’s 4 HRs beat Texas

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Bocce Team results

By Daily Republic | From Page: B4

 
Ty Dillon races to 1st career Nationwide win

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Hall call: Thomas, Glavine and Maddux enter shrine

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Torre, Cox and La Russa manage their way into Hall

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Baseball HOF cuts election eligibility to 10 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Stars Recreation bowling results

By Daily Republic | From Page: B4

Jim Furyk opens 3-shot lead in Canadian Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

Son: Joe Paterno feared wrongly accusing Sandusky

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
.

Business

Pets’ amenities rising trend for homebuilders

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

 
Small talk: Fair Trade brings big sales and a clear conscience

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

Argentina debt talks deadlocked as default looms

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
Recalls this week: high chairs, cribs, bar stools

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

By The Associated Press | From Page: B12

 
.

Obituaries

Lester Buster

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Marvan Russell Voshall

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Ertha H. Reed Jr.

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Mary Spingola Stagnaro

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics