The prominent Brexiteer is currently topping the polls for who will be the next Prime Minister, after taking the bold stance that under his leadership the UK will leave the EU on October 31 – deal or not. He was critical of Theresa May's deal, resigning as Foreign Secretary in July last year after failing to reconcile differences. Teetering on the edge of snapping up the top job, Mr Johnson has used a "brilliant" tactic throughout his political life to gain support.
The 2013 documentary entitled ‘Boris Johnson: The Irresistible Rise’ featured insightful interviews with both Mr Johnson himself and his journalist sister Rachel Johnson.
Ms Johnson described how, even as a teenager, the Tory leadership candidate would break the conventional rules to his advantage.
She described one incident from his school days which particularly highlights this tactic.
Ms Johnson said: “It was at Eton he discovered he could make people laugh, when he was in a French play and he had to recite Moliere.
Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)
Rachel Johnson in the documentary 'Boris Johnson: The Irresistible Rise' (Image: YouTube / N P)
“He hadn’t bothered to learn his lines and he hid behind a pillar reading them out, which was obviously much funnier than if he’d learned them perfectly and stood on the stage.”
BBC reporter Michael Cockerell asked Mr Johnson whether he learned something for later life from acting in plays at Eton: that you can get more laughs by looking as if you don’t know your lines.
Mr Johnson replied: “I certainly think that as a general tactic in life – if that’s what you are driving at – it is often useful to give the slight impression that you are deliberately pretending not to know what is going on.
“Because the reality may be that you don’t know what is going on,