Actor and activist James Cromwell has gone from “The Successor”‘s Uncle Ewan to a real-life masterpiece – raising his hand at a Starbucks in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday to protest the chain’s charge of extra milk. plant origin.
The 82-year-old Oscar nominee, known for “Babe: Pig in the City” and “LA Confidential,” played the rogue, anti-capitalist brother of a billionaire media mogul because of protests charity organized by the animal rights group Humans for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Cromwell sat on a Starbucks counter wearing a “Free the Animals” t-shirt and read a statement denouncing the surcharge on vegan milk alternatives.
“When will you stop making huge profits while customers, animals and the environment suffer?” he asked as fellow activists streamed the protest on Facebook.
Cromwell glued his hand to the counter, then shaved it off. Police said there were no arrests.
Starbucks stores in the United States charge plant-based milk drinks more than 50 cents to a dollar.
“Customers can customize any beverage on the menu with non-dairy milk, including soy milk, coconut milk, almond milk, and oat milk for an additional cost (similar to options). modify other beverages such as adding an espresso shot or syrup),” a Starbucks spokesperson said in a statement. “Price according to different markets”.
The spokesperson said Starbucks respects customers’ right to voice “as long as it doesn’t disrupt our store operations”.
Cromwell, nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a farmer in “Babe,” is a veteran protester who was charged with trespassing in 2017 for disrupting Orca’s performance at SeaWorld in San Diego.