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Hugh Grant’s withering response to Boris Johnson’s Love Actually spoof video

The actor said he wondered if Tory spin doctors thought a message about telling the truth ‘wouldn’t look great in Boris Johnson’s hands’.

Hugh Grant’s withering response to Boris Johnson’s Love Actually spoof video (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Hugh Grant’s withering response to Boris Johnson’s Love Actually spoof video (Gareth Fuller/PA)

By Lucy Mapstone, PA Deputy Entertainment Editor

Hugh Grant has given a withering response to the Love Actually spoof campaign video by the Conservatives.

The clip sees Boris Johnson emulating a scene from the 2003 Christmas film by silently holding up Brexit-themed messages to a woman at her front door after pretending to be a carol singer.

Grant, who played the Prime Minister in the movie, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he noted the absence of a card that referred to telling the truth.

He said: “I thought it was quite well done, very high production values, but clearly the Conservative Party have an awful lot of money. Maybe that’s where the rubles went.

“But I did notice that one of the cards from the original film that he didn’t hold up was the one where Andrew Lincoln held up a card saying, ‘Because at Christmas you tell the truth.’

“And I just wonder if the spin doctors in the Tory Party thought that was a card that wouldn’t look too great in Boris Johnson’s hands.”

In the original scene from the romantic comedy, Lincoln’s character appeared opposite Keira Knightley’s character to profess his love to her.

In Mr Johnson’s version, called Vote Conservative Actually, the Prime Minister holds up two placards that read: “With any luck, by next year we’ll have Brexit done (if Parliament doesn’t block it again).”

Other placards say: “Your vote has never been more important, the other guy could win, so you have a choice to make between a working majority or another gridlocked hung parliament.”

“Enough, let’s get this done,” Mr Johnson says at the end of the parody clip, directly referencing the original scene once more while walking away from the woman’s house.

The video was shared by Mr Johnson on Twitter on Monday evening, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn posted his own pop culture-inspired campaign message.

In a video entitled Mean Tweets With Jeremy Corbyn, he reads out critical tweets about him in a format popularised by US late-night chat host Jimmy Kimmel.

He sits by a fireplace and reads out negative online messages about him and the Labour campaign.

After addressing Labour manifesto promises on broadband and tuition fees, he reads out a tweet about being found sexy.

“Oh this is bad,” Mr Corbyn says, later telling viewers there was a magic money tree “in the Cayman Islands”.

Mr Corbyn ends the video with a high-five to someone off-camera, saying he would be the next prime minister.

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