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Oscar-nominated actor – and outspoken vegan activist James Cromwell has spoken out about being recognized in jail.

The star, who has been arrested on multiple occasions due to his activism, made the comments in an interview with The Guardian.

Speaking about his most recent arrest, he said: “They all knew my face. ‘Hey, he’s the guy in The Green Mile!’ I was always ‘the guy’.”

SeaWorld

One of Cromwell’s 2017 arrests followed a protest at SeaWorld. The actor was later charged with trespassing after leading the protest last summer.

Wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words ‘SeaWorld Sucks’, Cromwell stood up in front of the crowd at an orca ‘show’ at the park, and spoke about SeaWorld’s mistreatment of animals.

He – along with fellow protestors – was led away in handcuffs.

Publicity

Speaking to the Mail Online after being charged and facing possible jail time, Cromwell said: “Even when we were found guilty: no publicity. But when celebrities go to jail, oh wow it’s a story suddenly.

“We can’t demonize people because of their political stance.

“We have to say ‘look, it won’t matter ultimately whether you’re Republican, radical right, or progressiv’e.

“All that will matter is that we’re able to drink the water, breathe the air, live on the land. That’s what’s threatened.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.