We actually got to meet him today and he's not pompous at all. Jet lagged, but very down to earth and interested in getting to know people and having a nice chat. Very approachable. And actually quite technically skilled - he spent a lot of years without a production crew just like the rest of us, and was more than capable of talking technique as well as concept.
I was a little sceptical, but it's been really an excellent experience so far - my portfolio review is on Thursday, the very last one.