Not as nice as he has been painted I'm afraid. He got the actress Liz Smith sacked from a play because of her age.He refused to work with her.
‘We had casting approval but the director went to Tokyo and forgot that,' Richard replies, commenting for the first time. ‘She's a super actress but wrong for the part. I wrote to her and said how very sorry I was that she wasn't right and had been badly treated by me and I regretted the hurt caused.' She didn't write back.