French Car Industry Expert: Brexit is Like A Scene Out of Apocalypse Now


According to a prominent figure in the French car industry, Brexit is reminiscent of “Apocalypse Now,” a brutal Vietnam War film.

Francois Roudier is the director of communications for a French car industry lobby group that is called the CCFA. He said: “It reminds me of Apocalypse Now when Martin Sheen is walking in a trench, and he asks another soldier, ‘hey soldier, do you know who’s in charge here?’ and he replies, ‘ain’t you?’”

On Wednesday, Roudier informed the Today Programme of BBC: “For us in the industry its a real problem.”

He warned that not knowing what is going on in connection with Brexit could become “a disaster” that may result in job losses on both sides of the Channel.

The comparison with the three-hour war epic of Francis Ford Coppola comes a day after David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, described his own movie parallels.

Davis tied to reassure business leaders in the Europe that are concerned about Brexit by informing them that the United Kingdom would not be “plunged into a Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction.”

Apocalypse Now is a look into the horrors of conflict and the dark depths of human insanity which famously took years longer to finish than initially intended. Production was plagued by a series of serious problems, including a mutiny by the crew of the film and infighting amongst the cast.

The disturbing tale follows Martin Sheen, an army officer that was sent from the relative civilisation of Saigon into the jungle of Cambodia to assassinate the power-crazed Colonel Kurtz that is played by Marlon Brando, who was said to have lost his mind and tried to set up in his own kingdom.

At one point during the filming, Coppola reportedly screamed at one of the stars of the film, Dennis Hopper, who was heavily intoxicated and could not remember his lines.

Hopper is said to have consulted to his director and reminded him that majority of the dialogue and the scenes themselves were being made up as the filming went along since Coppola had torn up the script into pieces.