Actor and activist James Cromwell went from being ‘Succession’ Uncle Ewan to real-life superglue – sticking his hand to a Starbucks counter in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday to protest the chain’s overcharges coffee for herbal milk.
The 82-year-old Oscar nominee, known for ‘Babe: Pig in the City’ and ‘LA Confidential’, channeled his role as the grumpy, anti-capitalist brother of a billionaire media mogul for the protest organized by the group of Animal Rights Advocacy People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Cromwell sat on the Starbucks counter wearing a “Free the Animals” t-shirt and read a statement denouncing the supplement for vegan milk alternatives.
“When are you going to stop making huge profits while customers, animals and the environment are suffering?” he asked as other activists streamed the protest on Facebook.
Cromwell stuck his hand to the counter, then used a knife to scrape it off. Police said there were no arrests.
Starbucks outlets in the United States charge 50 cents on the dollar more for drinks made with plant milk.
“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 other beverage customizations such as extra espresso or syrup),” a Starbucks spokesperson said. in a press release. “Prices vary from market to market.”
The spokesperson said Starbucks respects customers’ right to express their opinions “as long as it doesn’t disrupt our store operations.”
Cromwell, nominated for an Oscar for his role as a farmer in “Babe,” is a veteran protester who was charged with trespassing in 2017 for interrupting an orca show at SeaWorld in San Diego.