At the rate David Beckham is conquering the world it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he becomes a Hollywood star. On the basis of his collaboration with H&M and Kevin Hart this doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. This year saw the release of their second H&M advert together to promote Beckham’s new line of clothing with the brand. The original advert featured Kevin Hart shadowing Beckham to play him in a movie called I Beckham. The latest edition, released this September, sees the pair travelling to Las Vegas to try and promote I Beckham the Musical.
The two stars play off of each with great chemistry with gentlemen’s magazine Enquire comparing them to “Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. Tom Hanks and Hooch.” David Beckham is the eye rolling straight man to Kevin Hart’s comedy star persona that gets them into various states of trouble. Like the original, the latest advert wittily plays on the obvious differences between the two stars.
The H&M adverts are not the first time Beckham has played a version of himself. He appeared briefly in the film Bend it Like Beckham and the first installment of the Goal trilogy. More recently he appeared in his friend Guy Richie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E and is also set to appear in the upcoming King Arthur film also directed by Richie. The Guardian reported that Beckham spoke about being criticised for his movies roles but stated that he was prepared to work hard to find success. The paper also points to other famous footballers who have turned to acting such as Eric Cantona who made a critically acclaimed film with Ken Loach called Looking for Eric, and Vinnie Jones who has stared in a number of films since retiring.
Beckham is still one of football’s most iconic and well-known players even though he has now retired. With a career spanning over 700 professional appearances, football speculation site Betfair made a list of Beckham’s five-standout moments from his career, from the goal from inside his own half to his sending off in the World Cup 98. When he finally hung up his boots in 2013 after winning the Ligue 1 with Paris Saint-Germain, Beckham had won 19 major trophies playing for four different teams.
Since retiring from football Beckham has embarked on a number of projects, aside from his line at H&M. He is brand ambassador of both Haig whisky and motorcycle clothing brand Belstaff. In 2017 he is set to release his own skin care and grooming range with Biotherm Homme. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Beckham said of Biotherm “they are as ambitious as I am, and we look forward to showing everyone the fruits of our labour very soon.” At the rate he is going, the world might start to look like a David Beckham version of the film Being John Malkovich.