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Feb 2, 2022

Neymar: The Perfect Chaos, currently streaming on Netflix, tells the story of the beloved but often criticised footballer Neymar, the highs and lows of his personal life, and his brilliant football career.

Award-winning filmmaker David Charles Rodrigues joins us to discuss the film and reveals how he gained almost full access to Neymar’s life.  

During filming of this documentary, David found sides to Neymar that he found surprising. In the process, he managed to build a strong relationship with the player.

We also touch on what it was like working with LeBron James, who serves as Executive Producer on the series, and his athlete empowerment brand Uninterrupted.  

Watch the full interview at

“Neymar understood that he really needed to give me everything so that I could tell the best story possible.” - David Charles Rodrigues  

Time Stamps:

00:00 - Excerpt from the trailer for Neymar: The Perfect Chaos.
02:20 - How the series shows the human side of the legendary football player.
05:12 - What Neymar was like and the surprising parts of his personality.
07:11 - How he became famous and the extent of his passion for football.
09:43 - The transformation that he went through during filming.
12:10 - The dynamic between Neymar and his father.
15:44 - The skills the father has in sports marketing and the marketing he does for his son.
19:44 - How David got involved with the making of the film.
21:35 - What it’s like working with LeBron James and Uninterrupted.
23:50 - How Kobe Bryant’s death affected Neymar.
27:07 - How David built such a strong bond of trust with the player.
32:32 - The film's reach around the world.
34:44 - What Neymar means for Brazil.
36:06 - How David started working as a documentary director.
39:00 - The next projects he is now working on.  


Neymar: The Perfect Chaos (2022)
Personal Velocity (2002)
Pelé (2021)
MovieMaker Magazine
Innersound Audio 
Alamo Pictures

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