22 JUMP STREET
One of the hallmarks of 21 Jump Street was the action - all of which was
rooted in story, character, and comedy. In planning the sequel, the filmmakers
took the same approach, even as they upped the ante.
"It's a joke that sequels have to be bigger and crazier, but then we started
filming we realized it's actually true," says Lord. Still, the bigger and
crazier action had to rise out of the characters and their relationship. "We
tried to have the moment within that action piece be a great comedic moment. If
there is not a joke, it doesn't work in this movie."
Neal H. Moritz, so well-known for his action films, says, that the first film
required a delicate balance between the action and the comedy, but this time
around - because it's a sequel - they could play around a bit more. "I don't see
this as an action comedy, I see this as a comedy with action," he says. "But
this time around, the characters have already been established, so we can get
into the movie a little quicker - we ran with it."
In fact, the movie opens with a chase scene with Schmidt and Jenko atop an
eighteen-wheeler (a stunt that Hill and Tatum performed themselves), and Landau
says it's a perfect example of the way the filmmakers incorporated comedy into
the action. "Channing jumps onto the truck, managing to go after the bad guys,
while Jonah ends up stuck hanging upside down off the side," she says. "You've
always got to try to tell a story within the action sequence - it's not just
about being fast and suspenseful."
Another chase scene is even more ridiculous: Tatum and Hill drive through
campus in a football helmet car, chased at breakneck speed by the bad guys in a
"The helmet car is funny," says Tatum, "but it's really Jonah's expressions
that make the scene."
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