Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum follow what the cool kids do

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum sit down for an interview with CBSNews.com's Ken Lombardi about their new high school comedy, "21 Jump Street," a remake of the TV series starring Johnny Depp. The two stars also discuss a scene in the film where both of their characters are forced to take an experimental drug.

(CBS News) Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are going back to high school in "21 Jump Street," as two cops posing as teenagers in order to infiltrate a drug ring.

The two stars sat down with CBSNews.com in New York to talk about their new comedy, based on the TV police procedural starring Johnny Depp, which aired on Fox from 1987-1991.

Read: Johnny Depp to appear in "21 Jump Street" film

Tatum revealed that he was a big fan of the series while growing up in Mississippi:  "I watched it every Friday night. Me and my sister."

The remake centers around the generational clash between Tatum and Hill's characters in comparison with the teens around them in school.. Several scenes involve the two officers wearing their book-bag straps in the wrong fashion while undercover at the school.

In the early 2000s, it was once in style to wear just one strap (or "one-strapping" as Tatum calls it), but nowadays it's all about the two-strap, or at least that's the argument made by the film.

"Is that an actual fact?" Tatum asked his co-star Hill (who conceived the story along with collaborator Michael Bacall) during our interview. "That people 'two-strap' [in high school now], or was that just for fun? I need to know if people are really two-strapping right now."

Despite having a hand in the creating the film's story, Hill wasn't entirely sure about the  strap problem..

"I was saying that a lot of the movie was just about a disconnect between kids these days," Hill explained, "Even though we're just in our 20s or whatever...we would be disconnected from kids in high school now. Because things change now so quickly. You get out of touch so quickly."

"21 Jump Street," which has garnered fairly strong reviews from critics so far, opens in theaters this Friday.

Find out how the stars pretended to be under the influence of a ffictional hallucinogenic in the film by watching the video at the top of this story.

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    Ken Lombardi is an entertainment reporter for CBS News. He has interviewed over 300 celebrities, including Clint Eastwood, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks.

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