Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio recommended the director to the former footballer

Fisher Stevens has an Oscar on his mantle and is among the actors of what is perhaps the most appreciated series by critics and audiences in the last five years, Succession, capable of raking in awards and collecting 27 nominations with its final season for the next Emmy Awards. Yet it wasn’t these decidedly heavy entries in his CV that convinced David Beckham to hire him as director of his four-episode docuseries coming to Netflix (also visible on Sky Glass, Sky Q and via app on Now Smart Stick). No, something else made the difference.

DiCaprio’s references

To put in a good word for Stevens, who in Succession plays the character of Hugo Baker, it was none other than Leonardo DiCaprio. According to what Stevens himself told al GuardianIn fact, it was the Oscar-winning actor for The Revenant who put in a good word for him with the former midfielder of Manchester United, Milan, Los Angeles Galaxy and the England national football team.


“David was dating Leo and asked him who he should hire,” Stevens said. “He recommended me! David then looked Before the Flood (ecological documentary directed by Stevens co-produced with DiCaprio himself, ed.) and then Palmer (2021 film with Justin Timberlake, directed by Stevens himself, ed.) and he found something he liked in it – the emotion, I guess”.


In addition to his acting career, in fact, Stevens has a robust curriculum as a director, especially in documentaries. In 2009 he won an Oscar thanks to his film about dolphin hunting in Japan The Cove. To convince him to embrace the Beckham project, however, it took the advice of another big name in the American television and film industry: Jesse Armstrong, creator and showrunner of Succession: “You can’t not do it. This is a great story,” she told him.


So Stevens dove into the life of the most pop footballer of the 2000s, from his competitive activity to that in the world of entertainment, from the work aspects to the more private and family ones of the long relationship with his ex-Spice Girl wife Victoria Adams. Until his most recent adventure as a football entrepreneur in the United States, where he is co-owner of Inter Miami, the team for which another football star, Lionel Messi, signed last summer.