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VIDEO: Comic Corden gives Rooney, Murray and Button a Sports Relief workout
Published : 18 Mar 2010 14:57:38
He may not have got the world in motion, but TV comic James Corden is keeping Manchester United on their toes. In character as his Gavin and Stacey alter ego Smithy, the tubby TV funnyman was putting players through their paces by leading an aerobics class. But rather than improve their fitness, he left stars such as Wayne Rooney and England captain Rio Ferdinand in fits of laughter. VIDEO: Corden tells Rooney he's the best aroundThe comic actor filmed the sketch for this year's Sports Relief spectacular to be aired on Friday (March 19). Smithy puts aside his loyalty to West Ham to take charge of the Man U squad, giving players such as Michael Carrick and Wes Brown a training session they will never forget. Enlarge Game for a laugh: Corden as Smithy puts the Manchester United team through their paces, leaving Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand in fits of giggles Tennis star Andy Murray and F1 world champion Jenson Button were alsowhipped into shape by the Billericay boy in the full sketch. Last year Smithy gave a hilarious pep talk to the England team in a sketch for Comic Relief. Pep talk: Smithy tries to fire up England football team stars David Beckham, Ashley Cole, David James and Peter Crouch in last year's Comic Relief sketch Smithy ribbed the stars including David Beckham and and Peter Crouch on everything from their goal scoring celebrations to their hair cuts. He tells striker Crouch: 'When I look at everything tells me youshould be rubbish at football - but you're brilliant because of thatrobotic dancing.' VIDEO: Corden teaches Tennis star Murray a lesson David James is taken to task about hisever-changing hairstyle, Ashley Cole is urged to get wife Cheryl to act'like a proper footballer's wife', Frank Lampard is told to pass theball to Steven Gerrard occasionally and John Terry is ordered to stopcrying after he misses penalties. Smithy then tells Beckham, that because he went to the same school as his little sister, they are 'practically family'. Kiss it better: In the same hilarious sketch, Smithy comforts Rio Ferdinand The comedian has been trying to get Beckham on board again for this year's Sports Relief sketch. The ideais believed to be based on Smithy giving the LA Galaxy/AC Milan star amassage. Corden also revealed he's going to host the last two hours of the charity event with Davina McCall. VIDEO: Corden pushes the ButtonHe will also join fun runners across the country for the Sport Relief mile. But he admitted being unsure about his target: 'I'm going to give itmy best shot but I haven't really got an idea how long six miles is.' Other Sport Relief highlights include special editions of Strictly Come Dancing, MasterChef and A Question of Sport Relief.