David Beckham and Late Late Show host James Corden are old friends, which might explain why James felt comfortable enough to pull a massively embarrassing prank on one of soccer’s biggest superstars.
At this year’s opening ceremonies, the LA Galaxies plan to honor Beckham with a statue in his honor.
When Corden heard that his old pal hadn’t seen the finished version of the statue yet, he couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to have some good, clean fun.
In the clip, Corden convinces Beckham that his statue looks just a little bit more…grotesque than what he was expecting, and Beckham’s reaction is truly a sight to behold.
— James Corden (@JKCorden) March 12, 2019
Twitter couldn’t stop laughing at the shameless prank!
the #LateLateShow turned into an episode of Punk'd with that David Beckham prank, and I'm not mad about it.
— kaye (@kayeisme) March 12, 2019
Can we get a Punk'd reboot? This was so good!
— Savoia (@savoianicole) March 12, 2019
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) March 12, 2019
Many Twitter users were impressed by Beckham’s ability to keep calm after seeing his “likeness.”
Brilliant ???????????????? what a great sport he is.
— Red_Tabby (@karenwr75084451) March 12, 2019
Brilliant!!! And how amazingly polite David has been throughout!!
— Ashadeep (@ashadeep_sgh) March 12, 2019
OMG ! Fair play to him for keeping pretty calm !
— nicola head (@nicolahead1) March 12, 2019
???????????? What a lovely person still polite even when fuming ????
— susan (@1111Susan) March 12, 2019
All of Corden’s added details truly made a difference to the overall experience.
The “lowlights” video was a brilliant touch!
— Doc (@Doc_Joshi) March 12, 2019
This is amazing!!!
— Daniella Sina (@deedeesina) March 12, 2019
@justinbieber @haileybieber @OfficialDB @scooterbraun THAT IS A HILARIOUS PRANK ON DAVID BECKHAM! ???????????? Gives a new sense of appreciation for the real statue! Good one James! Well played! ????????????????????????⚽️@OfficiaIBB_ @OfficiaIDB @OfficialVB_ pic.twitter.com/UhiUaFGHMd
— j (@j25153095) March 12, 2019
Though the prank reportedly took months to set up, fans wanted more!
Hands down BEST thing I've watched today!!????????????
— Priscilla K. (@__onthecloudss) March 12, 2019
Still looks better than Ronaldo’s?
— Stuart Lees (@Stuart4Lees) March 12, 2019
Ideally, people on social media were hoping for some Beckham tears.
How did he not have more of a reaction to the video ????
— Casey Wertz (@casey_wertz) March 12, 2019
Really funny but I felt bad for the guy at the end. He looked like he was almost going to cry.
— Sus Bear (@SusBear25) March 12, 2019
But no matter what happens in the future, this beautiful clip of David Beckham’s monstrous statue will be with us forever. Thanks, James, for making this happen!