NEW YORK — Actor and activist James Cromwell has gone from “successor” Uncle Ivan to real-life super glue — reaching out to the Starbucks counter in downtown Manhattan on Tuesday to protest the coffee shop Chains charge extra for plant-based milk.
The 82-year-old Oscar nominee, best known for “Baby: Pigs in Town” and “Los Angeles Confidential,” played the eccentric, anti-capitalist fraternity of the billionaire media mogul during protests organized by animal rights groups. The character treats animals humanely.
Cromwell sat at the 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 when customers, animals and the environment suffer?” he demanded as other activists live-streamed the protests on Facebook.
Cromwell glued his hand to the counter and scraped it off with a knife. Police said no arrests were made.
Starbucks stores in the U.S. charge 50 cents to $1 for beverages made from plant-based milk.
“Customers can customize any beverage on the menu with non-dairy milk, including soy, coconut, almond and oat milk, for an additional fee (similar to other beverage customizations such as additional espresso or syrup),” a Starbucks spokesperson said. ‘ in a statement. “Pricing varies by market.”
The spokesman said Starbucks respects the right of customers to have their say “as long as it does not affect our store operations.”
Cromwell, nominated for an Oscar for his role as a farmer in “Baby,” is a veteran protester charged with trespassing in 2017 for interrupting an orca show at SeaWorld San Diego.
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