Francis Ford Coppola, the legendary director of The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now and The Conversation, has expressed his irritation that Boris Johnson has named The Godfather as his favourite film.

The classic gangster flick which stars Al Pacino and Marlon Brando is often regarded as one of the best films ever made and is beloved by many people around the world, including the divisive Johnson.

The Prime Minister revealed in July that “the multiple retribution killings at the end” of the iconic gangster classic represented his favourite scene in film history.

In response to Johnson's revelation, the master filmmaker has since claimed he’s embarrassed that the film is so popular with “modern history’s most brutal figures, including Saddam Hussein, Muammar Al Gadhafi and others”.

He went on to lament Johnson and bemoan his leadership as well as the handling of Brexit.

Speaking to MarketWatch the 80-year-old auteur said:

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.

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.

We can only hope that with regards leaving the European Union, this all concludes with Johnson quoting the much-maligned third Godfather film: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

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