The director of the new David Beckham documentary series says he felt like the Manchester United icon’s therapist during filming.
Film-maker and actor Fisher Stevens grilled Beckham for a total of 30 hours during 10 separate interviews for the four-part series, which recently dropped on Netflix. The Succession star also spoke to Beckham’s wife Victoria and few topics were off limits.
Beckham discusses the early days of his relationship with the Spice Girl, the abuse he received following his sending off against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup and his, at times, strained relationship with Sir Alex Ferguson.
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As a result, Fisher got to know the pair well and was surprised to find they didn’t live up to their reputations. He was impressed with how open David was and found Victoria to be warmer than her ‘Posh Spice’ image would have many believe.
“[Victoria] has a reputation of being kind of tough and sour. She was never like that with me,” Stevens told the Independent. “Funny, witty, fast. Unlike David, she was much more used to being reflective.
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“David never had therapy. I felt at times like I was his therapist. Victoria, as she admits in the film, has had therapy, and was much more used to self-reflection.”
Meanwhile, Beckham has been using his own experiences to support current England and Man United player Harry Maguire, who has received a torrent of abuse over the last couple of years. Beckham knows what Maguire is going through and recently reached out to the defender to offer his support.
Ahead of England’s upcoming internationals with Australia and Italy, Maguire said: “I actually spoke with David about three weeks ago, after the Scotland game [where he was targeted by Scotland fans].
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“He got in touch with me, so it was really nice of him and I really appreciated that. It meant everything. I’ve spoken throughout my career about David Beckham being someone I looked up to and watched when I was a young boy.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t end up on the right wing scoring and assisting as many goals as he has. But he was a big role model when I was growing up. It shows how classy he is to reach out to me and to message me. It was something I really appreciated. It was touching really.”
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