David Beckham launches "David Beckham: Into The Unknown" [WireImage]
This morning David Beckham invited us to the Serpentine Sackler Gallery (we know) for the global launch of his new BBC One documentary, David Beckham Into The Unknown.
Documenting 12 days in which he and three of his best friends including football agent Dave Gardner drive deep into Brazil’s Amazon on their motorbikes, Becks took to the stage at the gallery’s Magazine Restaurant, looking very dapper in his suit, for a conversation with the legendary Michael Palin about his epic adventure.
Now, we can’t give too much away before the 90 minute documentary airs on 9 June, but we can let you in on a few of the highlights including an appearance from his wife Victoria Beckham who is seen worrying about what David will do with his hair given the humidity in the rainforest! Oh Vics. His eldest son Brooklyn also has a cameo, who he entrusts with doing ‘all the cooking’ while he is away and looking after his two brothers Romeo and Cruz, and little sister Harper.
This is how we spent our Monday morning [Instagram]
During the film you see David encounter snakes, poisonous frogs, spend several nights sleeping in the jungle where he’s quite clearly on edge, and meet the Yanomami tribe. Given that this morning David admitted he is terrified of frogs, as well as snakes, we’re not entirely sure how he coped with it all. Even Michael Palin joked that David was a ‘wimp’. ‘I wish that snake had been bigger, it was bigger than it looks on TV,’ he joked about one that he encounters in the film. ‘The frog was big. I’m not a big frog fan. I was told it was very dangerous.’
‘Every single night was a struggle especially the first night, because the only time I’ve been in a hammock was with the kids on holiday so that fact that I had to sleep in one, was one of the difficulties on the first night. Nobody explained to me how you should sleep in a hammock.’
David also revealed that he had missed his family during the ‘boys’ trip’. ‘When you leave your family even if it’s for a day or a night you always miss them, and I knew this was going to be tough because we were going to a place where contact with them would be quite difficult so that was the tough part,’ said David. ‘But funnily enough, I don’t know whether I should be worried about this, Victoria didn’t make too much of a fuss.’
David admitted that there were some treacherous moments during filming, including one moment where you see him fall off his motorbike as he ascends a muddy hill. ‘It never felt life threatening,’ said David. ‘But it was one of those things where I wouldn’t want my boys to do it, not that I’d be able to stop them most of the time. Victoria would probably say, “I can’t believe you’ve just done that”. I felt like a 17-year-old kid.’
He also admitted that he enjoyed the anonymity in the Amazon. ‘When we first started talking about the journey the bike was a big part of it,’ he added. ‘It’s one of those things I love doing, when I’ve got my helmet on, nobody knows it’s me, when my arms are covered up of course. It’s one of those times that I feel free.’
Definitely worth a watch!
David Beckham Into The Unknown airs 8.30pm, Monday 9 June, BBC One