James Cromwell glues himself to Starbucks counter

Vegan milk alternatives shouldn’t cost more than cow’s milk. At least one Hollywood actor is campaigning for that.

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  • Hollywood actor James Cromwell (82) glued himself to the counter of a branch in protest at Starbucks prices for vegan milk.

During the action, Cromwell and other activists protested in New York on Tuesday against Starbucks charging a surcharge for vegan milk alternatives, according to the animal welfare organization Peta. In a video released by Peta, the actor can be seen sitting on the coffee shop counter with another man. Both have one hand taped to the counter.

The approximately half-hour video shows police officers entering the café. Cromwell and the other activist eventually remove their hands from the counter themselves and exit the store. A PETA spokeswoman said in the video that they would have avoided being arrested. It was initially unclear whether a complaint would be filed against Cromwell.

Cromwell has starred in dozens of films including LA Confidential, The Green Mile, The Queen and The Artist. He was also nominated for a Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the warm-hearted farmer in A Pig Called Babe (1995). The actor is also known as a dedicated animal welfare activist, who repeatedly risks arrests and penalties during protests.

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