Retired soccer super star David Beckham has recently opened up about how he anticipates fans and onlookers receiving his acting debut. The sports icon was given a cameo role in Guy Ritchie’s Man from U.N.C.L.E. On the subject of his acting skills, Beckham relayed that he can “deal” with audiences’ negative words about his latest endeavors in the acting world.
In an interview with the Times Newspaper, the father of four shared his feelings on the subject of his debut.
“I am very aware that many sportsmen and other celebrities have turned their hand to acting and failed.I know that it is a tough profession, where you need a huge amount of skill and discipline, and I wouldn’t want to push myself forward too soon, without learning more about it, and doing a lot more practice. But what I have done so far, I have loved. I can deal with most things. I am a well-known person, so I have got used to criticism.”
As the Telegraph reminds, Beckham hung up his soccer cleats back in May 2013 after making the announcement while playing for Paris Saint-Germain. The publication communicates that although other retired players have moved on to careers within sports, such as management and commentating, David has his sights set on the big screen and seems to be making that new goal pan out thanks to pal Guy Ritchie.
To prepare for his debut role, Beckham shares in regards to his process.
“I had 13 lines and practiced a huge amount beforehand. Guy had someone come and rehearse with me, and I did that an hour every day in the build-up.”
Although the icon shares that filming was “nerve-racking,” he admits that it “went well” and feels confident about his first attempt on film. In addition to chatting about his cameo in Ritchie’s film, Beckham also relayed how challenging it is for his kids in regards to their participation in the world of sports and how his sons are under much more scrutiny than other children due to their father’s skills.
“In the evening, I take the boys to Arsenal for training. Romeo has just signed a two-year contract and Cruz has signed a one year deal. It’s quite surreal watching them play, even now. I hear other dads saying: ‘That’s Beckham’s son.’ Or if they misplace a pass, I hear people muttering ‘That Beckham kid is not up to much, is he?’ They get so much more scrutiny because of their dad, and that brings pressure.”
On the subject of his beloved sport, Beckham does admit to missing his days on the field.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss football. I still get these huge pangs of regret that am not out there any more. And the really weird thing is, I still think that, if I put my mind to it, I would be able to go out there and perform again. I guess that I will still think that when I am 50.”
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