James Cromwell can’t remember how many times he’s been arrested.
The 83-year-old actor is well-known for supporting progressive causes, including animal rights, and he admits that it’s led him into trouble with the law.
Asked how many times he’s been arrested, James told the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column: “Oh, I lose track. Seven or eight times, maybe more.”
In 2022, James was arrested for supergluing his hand to a Starbucks counter to protest the company’s surcharge for vegan milks.
The actor – who played Farmer Hoggett in the 1995 film ‘Babe’ – shared: “The glue was fun. I had a lot of fun with that one.
“Just acetone [is needed to get rid of glue]. It’s not very good for your skin, but it comes off. Never quite fast enough for the police who have come because they’re all sitting there wondering how soon I’m gonna get out.”
James was named PETA’s Person of the Year in 2022.
The veteran actor was awarded the accolade after speaking out against the live export of pigs from Ireland, and pressuring Starbucks to end its vegan milk up-charge in the US.
Mimi Bekhechi, PETA’s vice president for the UK, Europe, and Australia, praised James for his campaigning.
Mimi said: “James Cromwell’s compassion for all animals knows no bounds.
“He’s PETA’s Person of the Year for playing a vital part in our hard-fought campaigns on behalf of animals whose abuse is kept hidden as they are confined to cages, exploited, and killed.”
Previous winners of the prestigious award have included musician Billie Eilish, sports star Sir Lewis Hamilton, and comedian Ricky Gervais.