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Boris takes inspiration from The Godfather

8 July 2019

3:19 PM

8 July 2019

3:19 PM

When Michael Gove turned on Boris Johnson in the 2016 Tory leadership contest and decided to stand against his former Vote Leave comrade, it was likened to Brutus’s betrayal of Julius Caesar. But with things looking brighter for Johnson this time around – and the former mayor of London viewed as a shoo-in for No. 10 – could he be about to exact his revenge?

Mr S only asks after BoJo gave a rather curious answer when asked ‘what’s your favourite movie scene?’ by the Daily Mail over the weekend. Johnson ominously pointed to The Godfather’s acclaimed ‘Baptism of Fire’ scene – where Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone ruthlessly orchestrates the assassinations of other New York dons:

‘The multiple retribution killings at the end of The Godfather’

Given that Johnson uses the same interview to say the comedy Dodgeball is his favourite film overall, he seems to have a particular penchant for retribution when it comes to mafia drama. With multiple ministers expected to lose their job if Johnson takes power – Philip Hammond and David Gauke have already acknowledged their likely fate – the incoming Cabinet shake up could prove particularly brutal. The question: what fate will Johnson have reserved for Michael Gove? Is it time for the Environment Secretary to take a swim with the fishes?


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