Beckham, 43, was all set to receive a commemorative statue just outside the LA Galaxy stadium, and Corden jumped on the opportunity to commission a fake statue of the soccer star, one that emphasized his chin and derriere in a rather unflattering manner.
Beckham himself had not seen the finalized version of the genuine statue, which now stands outside of the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, so Corden had the ideal opportunity to trick the unwitting athlete.
Soccer superstar David Beckham couldn't believe his eyes.
In a clip released on Monday's The Late Late Show, Beckham was shocked at the sculpture, calling it "embarrassing" before asking the film crew to turn off the cameras. He said the elaborate prank took him more than two months to plan.
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Chris Klein, one of Beckham's former LA Galaxy teammates and club president, was in on the prank as a video package of Beckham's Galaxy highlights showed some of his lowlights, too. I really don't see how this could go out.
By the end, a forklift accidentally knocked the fake statue over, breaking it and having Beckham tell the driver he did him a favor.
"I don't want to offend you in any way, but this is a big thing for me".
David Beckham was an awfully good sport about the statue that looked nothing like him. That's when Corden appeared and laughter ensued as the prank was revealed.