So, THE David Beckham *queue all the screaming female fans* was recently honored by his former soccer team, LA Galaxy, with a big statue of himself. The team wanted to celebrate his career during the kickoff of their new season and planned to unveil the sculpture at the stadium in front of 25,000 people.
In typical James Corden fashion, he wanted to prank his good friend Beckham before the actual unveiling. Since Beckham hadn’t seen the real version of the statue yet, he planned to have a fake (and pretty hideous) version of the statue created. He also coordinated a private unveiling for Beckham to take a look at his doppelganger. Oh…this gets good. And awkward.
With hidden cameras everywhere, Corden plants actors at the viewing posing as fans for the sole purpose of annoying Beckham. One “fan” in particular was instructed to call him “Dave”, which Beckham hates, and to purposely get the name of his team wrong.
Then, LA Galaxy president and former teammate of Beckham’s, Chris Klein started off by presenting Beckham with the highlight reel that he explained would be shown at the upcoming ceremony before the unveiling. Needless to say, there weren’t just highlights shown. Some low lights were added too. Much to Beckham’s surprise.
The video shows a confused, yet calm Beckham trying his hardest to be respectful of the artist’s “work.” As they walk around the sculpture, he can’t help but point out the many things that are wrong with the piece.
Beckham was visibly unsettled about the whole thing, even asking his friend Chris what he thought about the work. He was totally thrown off by Chris’ response:
You can tell it’s hard for him to even believe this is real and expresses concerns about his family coming to the ceremony, just days away…
It’s safe to say that Beckham was relieved to find out he was being pranked and that the ridiculous sculpture was just a fake.
James Corden, you never disappoint.
Check out the full video here.