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Tatum unsure about comedy chops

Channing Tatum said he'd love to star in a 21 Jump Street sequel
Channing Tatum said he'd love to star in a 21 Jump Street sequel

Channing Tatum has admitted that he had doubts about starring in 21 Jump Street - because he had never done comedy before.

The Step Up star needed some persuasion from co-star Jonah Hill before he said yes to joining the big-screen remake, where he plays Jenko.

"I got a phone call from Jonah, and I wasn't sure why he was calling me! I was just sort of like, 'Alright man. If you promise me that I'll be funny, then I'll sign on'," he said.

"And he did, he really helped me, and held my hand all the way through it. They created a great stage for you to be safe to fail, and not feel bad if you don't know your way into a joke."

Channing - who next stars in GI Joe: Retaliation and Magic Mike - revealed he would happily reprise the role, adding: "I'd love to do a sequel."

The 31-year-old got to go back to high school in the film, but admitted in real life, he hated school.

"I grew up in the South and played football. That was it. I didn't like school whatsoever," he recalled.

"I was happy just to even get out of high school. And then I got seen on the street for modelling, and that took me all around the world. Then I fell into acting, and I haven't been doing anything since."

:: 21 Jump Street is in cinemas on March 16.

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