Charlie Rose's Sexual Assaults Were Mocked in 'The Royal Tenenbaums'

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A Charlie Rose spoof appears, fondling Margot’s breasts, in “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Touchstone Pictures

Eight women, three on the record, have accused talk-show host Charlie Rose of sexual harassment. Rose allegedly groped them; made inappropriate, sexual phone calls; and appeared in front of them naked. The allegations make director Wes Anderson seem eerily prescient. A spoof of Rose appeared in Anderson's 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums, and the director mocked him further in a sketch available on the DVD's special features.

Two-thirds of the way through the film, Raleigh St. Clair (Bill Murray) reads a background file on his wife, Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow). He discovers a number of salacious things about Margot, including her first marriage and the fact that she was groped by a Charlie Rose look-alike, Peter Bradley (Larry Pine). The incident occurred during a promotional tour for one of her plays: Margot smokes a cigarette in her dressing room, watching emotionlessly as Bradley gropes her breasts and speaks to her inaudibly.

In The Royal Tenenbaums special features, that same Charlie Rose-esque character hosts a bizarre talk show. Peter Bradley is inattentive to his guests, bad at reporting and humorously out of touch. He interviews Kumar Pallana, Dipak Pallana, Stephen Dignan and Brian Tenenbaum, actors who generally play nonverbal, tiny roles in Anderson's films, though he never seems to notice that they're not the stars. He also mispronounces the names of every guest, even after being corrected.

Anderson has appeared on Charlie Rose's actual show 11 times to promote his films, though he did not appear in 2001 for The Royal Tenenbaums. In 2004, Rose played a clip from The Royal Tenenbaums before interviewing Anderson about The Life Aquatic, but the two men never discussed the Peter Bradley character.

Anderson's next film, Isle of Dogs, opens nationwide on March 23, 2018.