David Beckham horrified as James Corden pranked him with a fake statue in his honour, ahead of the real one being displayed at LA Galaxy’s stadium.
The football icon looked shocked and disgusted when he first saw his immortalised face, telling onlookers he looks like “Stretch Armstrong”.
In a clip from Monday’s The Late Late Show, the former footballer, 43, was less than impressed as he was forced to mingle with annoying fans who were actually actors and then branded the sculpture “embarrassing” and ordered the filming crew to “stop the cameras” at his private viewing.
Watching behind-the-scenes comedian and host James, 40, couldn’t contain his laughter as he watched the sportsman’s fury from the side-lines.
Visibly enraged, David shouted: “This is different than what it was when I last saw it in Chicago. I mean, look at my chin.” Growing more and more furious by the second, the award-winning footballer ordered his film crew to stop recording.
He continued to complain and added: “It doesn’t look anything like me, look at the eyes. The only thing that is good is the hair, look at my arse. I really don’t see how this can go out.
“My parents are coming from London, my wife is coming over. It’s lucky my kids [Brooklyn, 20; Romeo, 16; Cruz, 14, and Harper, seven] aren’t coming to the ceremony. If my kids were to see this, they would just cry.
“I don’t want to offend you in any way, but it’s a big thing for me. There is no way it can go at the front of the stadium,” David explained before attempting to leave the studio.
To end the prank a bulldozer then smashed the sculpture trying to pick it up, causing David to joke: “That’s probably done me a favour!”
Finally ending the prank, the star giggled when comedian James Corden walked on set and a looking relieved Beckham said: “Thank God for that!”
The real statue has now been unveiled at the LA Galaxy Stadium.