There are few greater honors than being immortalized as a statue. However, when James Corden is involved, it’s a different story. Here’s a look at how the late-night talk show host pranked one of the U.K.’s most iconic sportsmen, David Beckham, at a grand unveiling which became the stuff of nightmares.
James Corden first came to attention in his U.K. homeland in 1997 when he played Carl ‘Tonka’ Marsh in Shane Meadows’ gritty black and white debut, Twenty Four Seven. Two years later he appeared in boyband spoof Boyz Unlimited. And he continued to showcase his funny bones in the likes of 1970s-set comedy Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? and TV dramedy Fat Friends.
Corden later got the chance to work with two of British drama’s most esteemed names. Firstly, he landed the role of Rory in Mike Leigh’s 2002 contemporary London tale All or Nothing. And two years later he won the role of Timms in the stage adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The History Boys, which transferred to New York, Sydney and Hong Kong.