M - I heard you were D.B. Cooper.
C - Every new fish comes in here , first thing they hear is that Charles Westmoreland is D.B. Cooper. I'll tell you like I tell them... You want the Cooper story? I can't give it to you, 'cause I'm not him.
M - It's too bad. Sort of wish it was true/I wish you were him (because I'd like to meet him because...). The man's a legend.
C - Nowhere near as much as I wish it was true, friend.
I'd have a million- five waiting for me on the outside.
meaning:However strong your wish to meet him, it is insignificant compared to how much I would actually like to be him - not just because he's a legend, but because I'd have $US 1.5 million waiting for me when I get out of prison.
Is your wish as strong as mine? NO.
Nearly as strong? NO - nowhere even close to it/ nowhere near as strong.
'nowhere near as much as...' is a common expression, meaning that as much as one person wishes something were so, my wish for the same thing is far, far stronger.
little boy: Daddy, I wish we had won the Lottery instead of Mr Smith. Then you could buy me lots of toys. I wish it was you Daddy.
Father: Not nearly as much as me, son (says Dad, thinking 'retire' 'holidays in the sun', 'new car' compared to son's simpler dream of 'lots of toys'
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