Fisher Stevens says Leonardo DiCaprio helped him get a job directing a recent documentary series about Beckham.
The 59-year-old actor and director spoke about how Hollywood star Leo, 48, played a key role in bringing the tell-all documentary about Beckham to life.
Fisher, best known as an actor for his role as the Roy family’s slimy PR guru Hugo Baker in Succession, said it was Leo who brought him to David Beckham’s attention.
Fisher, who worked with Leo in 2016. Climate crisis documentary Before the Flood explains that the Titanic star recommended him to 48-year-old David for the job.
He told The Guardian: “David was hanging out with Leo and asked him who he should take. He recommended me!”
Fisher said that after the recommendation, David watched “Before the Flood” and his Justin Timberlake-led drama “Palmer” and liked the “emotionality” of his direction.
While Leo was convincing David, Fisher explained how Legacy creator Jesse Armstrong and writer Tony Roche convinced him to take the job.
He told Esquire: “I went to work (on The Inheritance) and asked Jesse Armstrong and Tony Roche about Beckham. We talked about football every day.
“They said, ‘You have to do this.’ He is a genius. He was a great player.” “I started researching him and said, ‘Okay, I’ll meet him,’ and the rest is history.”
Surprisingly, Fischer believes that his lack of extensive knowledge of football also helped him get the job because he was unaware of David’s infamous red card in 1998.
He said: “I was quite late to the football party and that was one of the reasons David may have wanted me to do it. I didn’t have any baggage with Beckham, I didn’t know he had problems with the red card.”
In June 1998, David caused a furore among England fans when he was sent off during a World Cup game against Argentina for kicking Diego Simeone and was later blamed for England’s defeat.
As well as documenting David’s football career, the tell-all documentary shows David and Victoria, 49, lifting the lid on their highly publicized relationship, including the rockiest moments of their marriage and the “infidelity scandals”.
And Fisher admitted she was “distressed” to ask David and Victoria, who have been married for 24 years, about the “difficulties” of their relationship in the series, which airs on Netflix at 8am on Wednesday.
“It was frustrating, but we got into it,” he told The Sunday Times. “For me, the way I approached the question was, ‘How did your marriage survive?’ and you will see how he reacts.
“I talked to both of them about the difficulties they had to go through.”
Producer John Batzek added: “They were both willing to tell us everything we wanted to know. I’m sure you’ll say, “Of course you would.” But they were. It wasn’t, “You won’t ask for this or do that.”
“Fischer and I thought this might be the case, but it was clear to us from the beginning that we would only do it if we could go in any direction we wanted. And we did it.
David himself admitted that describing his life for the documentary was not easy, as he revealed the reason why he agreed to do it.
“When I retired ten years ago, people started asking me if I was going to make a documentary about my life and career, and to be honest, I wasn’t ready to look back,” he said at the series premiere on Tuesday. .
“I wasn’t ready to go into detail, so much had happened and I wasn’t ready to process it. But as I approached the 10-year anniversary of my retirement, something felt right about it.
“Honestly, I wanted to do something for my family, my friends and my fans who went through all of this.”
He continued: “It was hard for me to look back on these things that I had probably never looked at or processed before. That was the hard part for me to discuss things.”
In the four-part documentary series, Victoria spoke for the first time about the fallout from claims about David’s alleged affair with his personal assistant Rebecca Loos.
After David moved to Spain to play for Real Madrid, the footballer was accused of having an affair with Rebecca.
Victoria and their children Brooklyn and Romeo then moved from the UK to be near David, where the family found themselves under intense scrutiny, with Spanish media hounding them and fans invading their lives.
Speaking about the experience of working in the documentary series, Victoria admitted: “Was I offended by David? To be completely honest, yes, I did.”
“To be honest, this is probably the most miserable I’ve ever felt in my entire life,” she continued.
“It’s not that I wasn’t heard, I chose to internalize a lot of it because I was always mindful of what he needed.”
Meanwhile, David admitted he still doesn’t know how they survived the 2003 crisis but they knew they needed to “fight for their family” and said they felt like they were “drowning” when their loud the marriage was at an end. month headlines.
Victoria and David have been married for 24 years since first meeting in 1997, and now have four children: Brooklyn, 24, Romeo, 21, Cruz, 18, and Harper, 12.
Their BECKHAM documentary has received an incredible response from fans, who have praised the couple for providing unprecedented insight into their romance.
Those who have watched the series since it aired on Wednesday praised how the couple overcame their problems and created a “beautiful, sweet” family.
One said: “I was watching a documentary about Victoria and David Beckham and suddenly I believed in love.”
Another wrote: “The Beckhams story is why I watch #Beckham.”
“We’ve all seen maybe the worst part of their story, but I love how they not only moved past it, but became a wonderful, truly sweet family who just love each other.”
A third wrote: “Have you seen the Beckham document?” It’s nice to see good times again, at least in the first episode.”
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