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04 June 2014 08:44
David Beckham travelled into the unknown of the Amazon rainforest to find anonymity
You'd have to travel a long, long way to find a whole community that didn't recognise footballing superstar David Beckham's famous face.
But that's exactly what the former Manchester United and England captain did, finding a remote village full of people deep in the Amazon rainforest who not only didn't recognise him but didn't even know what football is despite their country hosting the upcoming summer football tournament.
Becks' journey was filmed for David Beckham, Into The Unknown, a new BBC1 programme likely to inspire people to follow in his footsteps and travel to Brazil, a destination for which they'll need worldwide travel insurance.
Beckham finally found his anonymity after he and three friends travelled 800 miles into the rainforest. Their 12-day journey by plane, motorbike and canoe eventually brought them face to face with the Yanomami tribe.
Becks said that while he had been almost sure he wouldn't be recognised his wife Victoria had not been so convinced.
But the footballer turned fashion icon said as the group travelled further and further away from Rio de Janeiro he became less and less recognised until he finally became anonymous among the Yanomami.
The 39-year-old father-of-four said his journey had been inspired by a simple walk through a London park following his retirement from football after a glittering 22-year career. He said realising it was something he hadn't been able to do for years had inspired him to put himself in a situation he hadn't been in before.
Viewers will see Becks and his friends encounter everything from spiders to snakes in the jungle as well as the creature which unnerved him the most - a bright orange frog that jumped on to his tent.
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