Could David Beckham go from being a soccer to star to a Hollywood superstar now that he's retired from the sport?
Brad Pitt certainly thinks that Becks should kick the idea around. While walking the red carpet at the London premiere of "World War Z," Brad took a break from sweetly gushing about how amazing Angelina Jolie is to address rumors that Beckham is considering an acting career. According to Metro, Brad said of the soccer celeb, "I think he's got what it takes." Pitt went on to say, "I want him to teach my kids soccer!" We're sensing a future Brad and Becks bromance (fingers crossed).
David and Victoria Beckham are already huge stars, and Becks did have a movie named after him! Let's face it, where would Keira Knightley be without "Bend it Like Beckham"? Becks has also appeared as himself in the "Goal!" movie trilogy.
The "World War Z" star isn't the only actor who thinks that an acting career is an obtainable goal for Beckham. According to Us Weekly, Tom Cruise stated that he would "love to do action movies with Beckham" during a 2011 interview with The Mirror. Cruise said that David would "kick ass" as an action movie star, but he wanted a little favor from the athlete before agreeing to help him with his Hollywood career. "David would have to teach me to play soccer first," Cruise quipped. So if the acting thing doesn't work out, it sounds like David might want to consider becoming a soccer coach for the stars.
Movie producer Harvey Weinstein also thinks that the soccer player could use his star power to become a successful actor. The movie mogul told The Sun, "I have only met David a few times but each time I find his talents more and more impressive. I am a real fan. I think he could do anything he wants in TV and film." Weinstein compared Beckham to Michael Jordan, who starred alongside Bugs Bunny in the family film "Space Jam." NBA star Shaquille O'Neal also tried making the move to movies by playing a genie in the '90s flick "Kazaam," but there's probably a reason Weinstein didn't cite that film as an example of a sports star launching a successful acting career.
Beckham hasn't done much acting, but he did get to work with director Guy Ritchie on an H&M ad earlier this year. In the ad, Becks plays an underwear-clad action star who spends a lazy day in L.A. sprinting after a car. Surely you remember the scandalous claim that Becks used a butt double in the swoon-worthy commercial.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Becks will be starring in a James Bond spoof titled "Goldenballs" anytime soon -- he didn't seem to keen about pursuing an acting career when the Associated Press interviewed him about the H&M ad. He said of working with Ritchie, "It was good fun playing an action hero for the day, getting to do all the stunts and ending up in unexpected situations, but acting full-time is not something I see myself doing in the near future."
So we can only hope that Brad Pitt convinces David Beckham to change his mind. Pitt did say that there's plenty of material for a "World War Z" sequel, so perhaps Becks might at least consider a small cameo that calls for him to kick a zombie head or two around.
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