Francis Ford Coppola criticises Boris Johnson’s love for the director’s gangster classic The Godfather and reckons Brexit will look more like Apocalypse Now
- Francis Ford Coppola criticised Boris Johnson’s love for The Godfather
- Coppola said Brexit looked like it was more reminiscent of Apocalypse Now
- He said he was ‘horrified’ that Britain would consider ‘foolishly’ leaving the EU
Francis Ford Coppola has criticised Boris Johnson’s love for his bloody 1972 gangster classic ‘The Godfather’, saying he thinks Brexit will be more reminiscent of Apocalypse Now.
Mr Johnson told The Daily Mail that his favourite piece of filmmaking was the ‘multiple retribution scene in The Godfather’, during his successful leadership challenge in July.
The comment turned into a social media meme after Johnson expelled 21 of his own MPs – including Winston Churchill’s grandson Nicholas Soames – from the ruling party for straying from his hardline Brexit stance.
Mr Johnson told The Daily Mail that his favourite piece of filmmaking was the ‘multiple retribution scene in The Godfather’
Francis Ford Coppola (pictured in August) has criticised Boris Johnson’s love for his bloody 1972 gangster classic ‘The Godfather’
Coppola, who wants Britain to stay in the EU, told London’s Financial News that Brexit looked like it was heading for a disaster more reminiscent of the 1979 war film ‘Apocalypse Now’.
‘The Godfather seems to be the favorite film of modern history’s most brutal figures, including Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gadhafi and others,’ he told Friday’s edition of the news site by email.
‘I love the United Kingdom and its many contributions to humanity, ranging from our beautiful language and Newtonian physics to penicillin,’ the 80-year-old Italian American wrote.
‘The Godfather seems to be the favorite film of modern history’s most brutal figures,’ Coppola said
Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Scott Glenn, Frederic Forrest in Apocalypse Now, 1979
‘And (I) am horrified that it would even consider doing such a foolish thing as leaving the European Union.’
Johnson has vowed to deliver a ‘do or die’ Brexit on October 31 even if he fails to agree a negotiation withdrawal deal with Brussels.
The UK parliament has ordered him to seek a deadline extension if he does not get a deal, something that Johnson has refused to do, creating a feverish political crisis.