Just how open are these open secrets coming to light in Hollywood? And how many times has the veil been lifted before, only to go unnoticed by the masses? With more and more victims of workplace misconduct, and emotional and sexual abuse coming forward with their own stories at the hands of powerful Hollywood men, the more it’s clear the truth has been out there longer than we care to admit. We’ve seen it with Difficult People’s and Family Guy’s Kevin Spacey jokes. We’ve seen it in the 1999 film Scarlet Diva, which Asia Argento says features a plot point similar to what happened between her and Harvey Weinstein. Now, it appears as though Wes Anderson was exposing Charlie Rose 16 years ago, in The Royal Tenenbaums.
Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st, shared a screenshot from Anderson’s 2001 movie where the talk show host character, Peter Bradley, is shown groping an emotionless Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow) in her dressing room. Margot is 24 years old at the time, similar in age to some of the eight women that have come forward with their own stories of misconduct by Rose.
Anderson has never outright said Peter Bradley is inspired by Charlie Rose, but watching Bradley’s fictionalized show, you see the similarities are very much there: the black background, the bizarrely calm-meets-serious mood, and the unrelated questions about the interviewee’s life.
Tellingly, Anderson has been a guest on Charlie Rose’s show over 10 times, but never for The Royal Tenenbaums’ press tour. Paltrow, who came forward with her own troubling Harvey Weinstein story, has only appeared on Rose’s show once.
Earlier this week, Rose released a statement via the Washington Post addressing the accusations of groping, unwanted displays of nudity, and invasive phone calls. “I have behaved insensitively at times, and I accept responsibility for that, though I do not believe that all of these allegations are accurate,” he says. “All of us, including me, are coming to a newer and deeper recognition of the pain caused by conduct in the past, and have come to a profound new respect for women and their lives.”