Richard Osman admits he would snub meeting with Steven Spielberg to ‘watch the snooker’

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Richard Osman, 50, is an accomplished book author, as well as the creator and presenter of BBC quiz show Pointless. But despite his roaring success, Osman said he would rather sit at home watching snooker than meeting Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg to discuss the film rights to his novels.

The media personality explained that Hollywood is not his “scene”.

He told BBC Radio 5 show Headliners: “There are stirrings – not that I really want to go to LA. Honestly, if you said to me ‘would you like to go to LA to meet Steven, or would you like to watch the snooker?’, I absolutely swear I would watch the snooker.

“Life is for enjoying yourself, and I find it really easy to enjoy myself, and it doesn’t involve getting on a plane to LA and having to eat in a vegan restaurant.

“It’s just not my scene.”

When asked what he will do when he meets Spielberg, Osman conceded: “I will just accede to anything he says at any point.

“I don’t have anything to teach him.

“I can’t tell him how to make a film.

“I would just be like ‘well, yes, you know it’s really good Steve, thanks, yeah, no thank you, that’s really good, thanks’ – all the while knowing that I’m missing Judd Trump playing Mark Selby at home, just resentfully knowing I’m missing the semi-final of the UK Masters.”

Osman is, however, focused on the reviews of his recently published novel, The Man Who Died Twice,.

The book is the sequel to his bestselling novel The Thursday Murder Club.

He said crime writer Joan Smith’s review of his novel for The Sunday Times felt like a “vindictive attack” on him.

Smith argued that his latest work was “a novel so flawed that it is hard to believe it would ever have been published without a celebrity’s name on the cover”.

The presenter told this week’s Radio Times: “That did upset me.

“It felt very personal, like it wasn’t really a reflection on the book, but a vindictive attack on me.

“Success doesn’t armour-plate you against feelings, and I do get upset by things.”

However, Osman did appreciate the good reviews and the words of encouragement.

He explained that “other peers have been kinder”.

Osman added: “I’ve been very warmly welcomed.

“They knew I wasn’t some cynical interloper, that I was a real lover of crime fiction.

“So they’ve revealed all their secrets: the special handshakes, how to really murder people, all that stuff…”

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