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'Godfather' Producer Embarrassed by Boris Johnson's Love for Film

Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

By    |   Friday, 13 September 2019 09:43 AM

Legendary filmmaker Francis Coppola is embarrassed that U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a fan of his 1972 classic, "The Godfather."

The Oscar-winning director expressed dismay upon hearing that his 1972 gangster film had any bearing on Johnson, who earlier this year said his favorite movie scene was "the multiple retribution killings at the end of 'The Godfather,'" NBC News reported.

Shortly after passing the remarks, Johnson, who had been campaigning to be leader of the ruling Conservative Party, axed 11 senior ministers — a move that many had likened to a massacre.

In an interview with MarketWatch sister publication Financial News, Coppola responded to the comments made by the Brexit-backing UK prime minister, which he found unsettling.

"As incompetent as I may be to offer opinion on political matters, along with some embarrassment that 'The Godfather' seems to be the favorite film of modern history's most brutal figures, including Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, and others, I feel badly that scenes in a gangster film might inspire any activity in the real world or [provide] encouragement to someone I see is about to bring the beloved United Kingdom to ruin," he said.

Coppola wants Britain to stay in the EU and said he was "horrified" by Brexit. "I love the United Kingdom and its many contributions to humanity, ranging from our beautiful language and Newtonian physics to penicillin, and am horrified that it would even consider doing such a foolish thing as leaving the European Union," he added.

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