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Coppola gets into 'Godfather' spat with UK's Johnson

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By DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

Filmmaking legend Francis Ford Coppola is not impressed with Boris Johnson's love for his bloody 1972 gangster classic "The Godfather".

The Brexit-backing UK prime minister told The Daily Mail newspaper during his successful leadership challenge in July that his favorite piece of filmmaking was the "multiple retribution scene in 'The Godfather'."

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.

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. "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.

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it's late. Let things now fall where they fall.

Let's hope one is Johnson.

Comparisons with first half of 16th Century English political history are not overt any more.

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The Godfather is Mario Puzo masterpiece...... Francis Ford Coppola certainly brought the novel to the screen, however the Corleone dynasty is all Puzo work....And I am a little mystified to the connection politically to UK leaving the European Union.

Boris Johnson may have mulled over the subject matter, however my English Grandfather does a competent impression of Marlon Brando, Don Corleone despite a gob stuffed full of cotton wool.

Does that make Grandad anymore relevant to assess UK withdrawal, I don't think so.

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The current political world is a royal mess from east to west, with very few exceptions...

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My father (99) is heart-broken. He went up that beach in Normandy 75 years ago to help start making Europe (and the world) including the UK a better place. Now certain politicians are going into reverse. A Godfather (Boris) nemesis is needed.

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"'The Godfather' seems to be the favorite film of modern history's most brutal figures, including Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gadhafi and others,

It seems to be the favorite film of millions of people.

My father (99) is heart-broken. He went up that beach in Normandy 75 years ago to help start making Europe (and the world) including the UK a better place. Now certain politicians are going into reverse. A Godfather (Boris) nemesis is needed.

Your father might be heart-broken because of how the UK went from Churchhill to Teresa May.

UK politicians need to take back their country from the EU globalists.

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