Westminster trembled in July when Boris Johnson told The Daily Mail that his favorite movie scene was "Multiple Retaliation Murders at the End of The Godfather Movie". But now, film director Francis Ford Coppola is taking revenge on the Prime Minister, ruthlessly denouncing his "crazy" race for a potentially catastrophic Brexit without agreement.

Coppola pointed out that Johnson's love for his 1972 Mafia film put him in the presence of "some of the most brutal figures in modern history," including Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi.

"I'm sorry that scenes from a gangster movie can inspire any activity in the real world or [provide] An encouragement for someone I see is about to bring the beloved UK to ruin, "he said.

Coppola spoke after being contacted by Financial News reporter Tom Teodorczuk, who had hinted that the Johnson government's plans for Brexit were closer to Coppola's 1979 film, Apocalypse Now, than his classic gangster.

The director, who is now 80, told Financial News: "I love the UK and its many contributions to humanity, ranging from our beautiful language to penicillin, to our beautiful physique, European Union."

A No 10 spokeswoman said she did not think the Prime Minister would react to Coppola's comments.