David Beckham: Into the Unknown sees Golden Balls swap the World Cup for motorbikes
Becks goes all out to prove there's more to him than a goal-scoring right foot
In yet another effort to prove that there’s more to ‘Golden Balls’ than a goal-scoring right foot, new one-off documentary David Beckham: Into the Unknown will see the sports star take viewers on a journey into Rio’s favelas and the Amazon rainforest.
Beckham, now the ripe old age of 39, enjoys the anonymity offered by his crash helmet to play the beautiful game with locals at sunset, bed down in hammocks, try his hand at canoeing, make a fire, fillet fish and meet the football-oblivious Yanomami tribe.
“Victoria was not convinced that the tribe wouldn’t know who I was but I was kind of 95 per cent sure and I was right,” he said. “They didn’t know who I was, they didn’t know what football was and it was incredible.”
David Beckham with Derek White and Anthony Mandler in the Amazon
But what many Becks fans will be wondering, is how the clean-cut husband of fashionista Posh Spice coped without showering throughout the fortnight’s trip. Victoria was worried about his hair in the humid conditions, warning him to wear a hat.
“Not washing was pretty tough for me,” he admitted, adding that his first night’s sleep in a hammock was “terrible” and being away from his family was “a challenge for sure”.
Beckham has recalled the moment he first set foot into the jungle with the three friends he had coaxed along for the adventure: “We came across a tarantula and that was like, ‘OK, we’re in it now’, when we all realised we were in it for real.”
David Beckham escapes the paparazzi and meets tribes in Brazil
Anthony Mandler, known for his cinematic approach to music videos, has directed Into the Unknown, while Bafta-winning Michele Kurland has executive produced.
David Beckham: Into the Unknown airs tonight at 8.30pm on BBC1
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