Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Becks in His Glad Rags; Star Dresses Up as Roman Warrior for New Pepsi Advertisement

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Becks in His Glad Rags; Star Dresses Up as Roman Warrior for New Pepsi Advertisement

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Byline: ANDR PAINE;RICHARD SIMPSON

THE hair is familiar, as is the ball at his feet, but the clothes are a departure, even for David Beckham. Real Madrid's new [pounds sterling]25 million signing is playing the part of a Roman gladiator as he lines up next to his new team mates in one of the most expensive television adverts ever made.

Beckham, on a [pounds sterling]500,000 deal with Pepsi, was part of a footballing cast valued at more than [pounds sterling]120 million on the transfer market, filming the commercial in Spain.

The England captain, in leather boots and a tunic with his name written on the back, appeared alongside Real Madrid stars Raul and Roberto Carlos.

Pepsi took over the Plaza Major square in Medinaceli, 120 miles from Madrid, paying each property owner [pounds sterling]600 for the use of the front of their houses, while some 60 private security guards kept the public away while the 90-second advertisement was filmed.

It is a homage to the Russell Crowe film Gladiator, and follows the spaghetti-Western themed Pepsi advert earlier this year.

Beckham was on set for seven hours in scorching temperatures. A source said: "It's hard trying to keep it secret when the whole world is watching Becks's every move. Like the previous Wild West ad, it's highly stylised with a quirky twist at the end."

Beckham flew into Madrid on Sunday night in a private jet and stayed at the Hesperia hotel. …

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