There was a TV documentary about him a few years ago that detailed a couple of his quite elaborate and labor intensive shoots. It was very interesting, and I didn't think he came across as particularly pompous. He was, after all, directing a rather large production and seemed to be able to do it with conviction and competence, but not much in the way of bossiness or arrogance at all.
I'm always interested in "successful" photographers accounts of how they marketed their work and how they got "shown and known"! Ask him to tell that story...I'd love to hear it.