Boris Johnson resignation: Hugh Grant plays ‘Benny Hill’

Famous film Prime Minister Hugh Grant celebrated the impending resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his own special way on Thursday.

Grant, who played a fictional British Prime Minister in the classic rom-com Love Actually, asked an anti-Brexit activist to play Johnson out of office to the theme tune of The Benny Hill Show.

Activist Steve Bray has become something of a local celebrity while blasting music from his boom box and wielding his signature ‘Stop Brexit’ top hat in protest of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“Morning [Steve Bray]’ Grant tweeted Thursday. “Nice to have your speakers back. Do you happen to have Benny Hill’s music handy?”

Within hours, Bray posted a video of the title song, entitled ‘Just for [Hugh Grant] as demanded here in the media circus today…”

The clownish track is from the opening credits of The Benny Hill Show, a British sketch comedy series starring the titular comedian that aired from the 1960s to the 80s.

In Bray’s footage, a few protesters can be seen bouncing to the fast beats on the College Green lawn. At one point in the video, Bray is approached by a Brexit Party member, Richard Tice, who does not recognize the “Benny Hill” song.

Thanks to Grant’s request and Bray’s quick response, the Benny Hill theme even provided an amusing soundtrack broadcast news coverage of Johnson’s retirement filmed live at College Green.

Bray and his fellow protesters took to the streets of London on Thursday after Johnson announced his resignation amid a mass revolt orchestrated by senior members of his government.

In recent weeks, Grant has been particularly vocal on social media about his disdain for Johnson and Brexit, a deal the Prime Minister pushed through.

“Throughout this campaign, I’ve seen British politics very closely, which has made me more and more angry,” the ‘Undoing’ actor told the Los Angeles Times in 2020.

“Now that has turned me into a Militant Mary of sorts, and I’ve taken to ranting about Brexit and ranting [British Prime Minister] Boris [Johnson]. I’ve always thought actors should shut up because no one wants to hear it. … Nothing is more repulsive than to be preached by someone who has a very privileged and fortunate position in life, and I fully accept that. I was and am just very angry.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-07-07/boris-johnson-resignation-resigns-hugh-grant-benny-hill Boris Johnson resignation: Hugh Grant plays ‘Benny Hill’

Sarah Ridley

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