Francis Ford Coppola attacks Boris Johnson after Prime Minister praises The Godfather

Director Francis Ford Coppola speaks at a news conference for his film "Twixt" at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto September 12, 2011.  REUTERS/Fred Thornhill  (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola has launched a scathing attack on Boris Johnson after the Britain's prime minister called a particular scene from The Godfatherhis favourite in the history of movies.

Johnson made this declaration to the Daily Mail all the way back in July, saying that the film scene he enjoys the most is "the multiple retribution killings at the end of" The Godfather.

The scene in question sees Al Pacino's Michael Corleone ordering the deaths of all of his mafia rivals.

Coppola didn't hold back with his reaction to Johnson's praise, while also taking aim at other dictators and political figures that have declared their love for the critically acclaimed film, which is roundly regarded as one of the best to have ever been made.

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Al Pacino, US actor, in his wedding suit, and Simonetta Stefanelli, Italian actress, in her wedding dress on their wedding day in a publicity still issued for the film, 'The Godfather', Sicily, Italy, 1972. The mafia drama, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Pacino as 'Don Michael Corleone' and Stefanelli as 'Apollonia Vitelli'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
From left: James Caan, US actor, Marlon Brando (19242004), US actor, Al Pacino, US actor, and John Cazale (1935-1978), US actor, all in black suits, shite shirts and black bow ties except for Pacino who wears a military uniform, pose for a group portrait issued as publicity for the film, 'The Godfather', 1972. The mafia drama, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Caan as 'Santino 'Sonny' Corleone', Brando as 'Don Vito Corleone', Pacino as 'Michael Corleone', and Cazale as 'Fredo Corleone'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Al Pacino stands as Richard S Castellano kisses his hand in a scene from the film 'The Godfather', 1972. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
Al Pacino sits at a table with an unknown actor that has a gun in his hand in a scene from the film 'The Godfather', 1972. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
Al Pacino and James Caan having a conversation in a scene from the film 'The Godfather', 1972. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
James Caan, US actor, wearing a dinner suit with a white shirt, with wing-tip collars, and a black bow tie, and Al Pacino, US actor, in military uniform in a publicity still issued for the film, 'The Godfather', 1972. The mafia drama, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Caan as 'Santino 'Sonny' Corleone', and Pacino as 'Don Michael Corleone'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Marlon Brando (19242004), US actor, sitting opposite Al Pacino, US actor, both sitting on wicker garden chairs, in a publicity still issued for the film, 'The Godfather', 1972. The mafia drama, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Brando as 'Don Vito Corleone', and Pacino as 'Michael Corleone'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, James Caan, and John Cazale publicity portrait for the film 'The Godfather', 1972. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
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1974, American actor John Cazale (left) (1936 - 1978) puts his hand on the arm of American actor Al Pacino in a still from director Francis Ford Coppola's film, 'The Godfather; Part II,' based on the novel by Mario Puzo. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Getty Images)
The Corleone Family with Al Pacino And Diane Keaton (center) applaud the Seanator's speech in a scene from the film 'The Godfather, Part II', 1974. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
Al Pacino, US actor, sitting in an armchair in a publicity still issued for the film, 'The Godfather Part II', 1974. The mafia drama, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Pacino as 'Don Michael Corleone'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
John Cazale holds his brother Al Pacino in a scene from the film 'The Godfather, Part II', 1974. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
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American actor Al Pacino with director and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola on the set of his movie The Godfather: Part III. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
1972: American actor Marlon Brando, as Don Vito Corleone, strokes a cat in a promotional still from the film, 'The Godfather', directed by Francis Ford Coppola and based on the novel by Mario Puzo. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Getty Images)
Marlon Brando (19242004), US actor, smiling and wearing a black dinner suit with a white shirt, with wing-tip collars, and a black bow tie, with a young girl in a pink dress, who has her arm around him, in a publicity still issued for the film, 'The Godfather', 1972. The mafia drama, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred Brando as 'Don Vito Corleone'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
USA - American actors Marlon Brando and Al Pacino on the set of mob-drama film The Godfather (Le Parrain), based on the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, 1972. (Photo by STILLS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
American director Francis Ford Coppola sitting with the camera on the set of his film 'The Godfather; Part II,' 1974. Robert DeNiro is standing at left. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - 1974: Robert De Niro and Bruno Kirby (credited as "B. Kirby Jr.") perform a scene in The Godfather Part II directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1974 in New York, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK CITY - MAY 18: Francis Ford Coppola sighted on location filming "Godfather III" on May 18, 1990 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Academy Award-winning director-writer Francis Ford Coppola answers questions about "The Godfather DVD Collection," a five-disk set which will be released worldwide on 09 October, 2001, during a press conference near the factory which manufacturers his pasta products 11 June, 2001, in Brooklyn, New York. The disks include all three "Godfather" movies, plus unreleased footage, commentary from the director, and various other extras. AFP PHOTO Henny Ray ABRAMS (Photo credit should read HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
Young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) sits with his wife Carmella Corleone (Francesa De Sapio) and their three small children in front of their apartment building in New York's Little Italy, in the 1974 film The Godfather: Part II. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro attend "The Godfather" 45th Anniversary Screening during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival closing night at Radio City Music Hall on April 29, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
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"As incompetent as I may be to offer opinion on political matters, along with some embarrassment that The Godfather seems to be the favourite film of modern history's most brutal figures, including Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gadhafi 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."

Coppola then gave his blunt thoughts on the repeated attempts of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, telling the Financial News, "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."

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