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David Beckham is Prince Phillip

David Beckham is Prince Phillip

Would you wake up if David Beckham kissed you?

In his first big endorsement deal after signing with soccer team Los Angeles Galaxy, David Beckham helped kick off Disney Park’s Year of a Million Dreams celebration by portraying the gallant Prince Phillip from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Becks, 31, sat astride a horse during a photo shoot on Dec. 18, 2006 in Burguillo Lake, Spain, near Madrid for celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Says Becks: “I’m the prince, and I’m sort of slaying a dragon, which is something I’ve never done before, obviously. When I was called about it and asked to do it, I was very honored and really looking forward to it, especially with Annie doing the pictures… The role’s reversed now. It’s my sons that love the Disney characters and, you know, it’s a big part of their lives; a big part of many children’s lives around the world.”

Says Leibovitz : “It seemed perfect for David Beckham, who is a very masculine hero. Saving Sleeping Beauty came natural to him. He’s a determined actor, and he became the Prince when he got on that white horse. He was serious about it. My daughter Sarah wanted to know where the dragon was, and I told her that I had left it out of the frame on purpose. I left figures like that up to the viewer’s imagination.”

Beyonce and Scarlett Johansson were also tapped to portray other fabled Disney characters. Beyonce takes on the role of Alice from Alice in Wonderland. Scarlett Johansson plays Cinderella.

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