Earlier this month, we reported that James Cromwell, the actor who played nefarious Dr. Arden in American Horror Story: Asylum (among many other roles), would be serving a jail sentence for actions associated with a peaceful protest in Upstate New York last December. Cromwell blocked traffic surrounding a power plant that he and his fellow protesters claimed was threatening the local environment.
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At the time, we hadn’t heard anything from Cromwell himself regarding the situation that will land him in the clink for 7 days, but he recently gave an extensive interview with Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now on NPR. It becomes clear that the actor has major concerns about the state of the environment, and that he genuinely hopes his actions will inspire change. Here’s an excerpt:
JAMES CROMWELL: We are, all of us, engaged in a struggle, not to protect a way of life, but to protect life itself. Our institutions are bankrupt. Our leaders are complicit. And the public is basically disillusioned and disenchanted with the entire process. Capitalism is a cancer. And the only way to defeat this cancer is to completely, radically transform our way of living and our way of thinking about ourselves. And I call that radical transformation revolutionary. So this is the revolution.
As for his specific complaints about the power plant near Wawayanda, NY:
JAMES CROMWELL: This plant is built by a company whose only interest is to create profit. There is no need for the electricity, and the way the energy is produced is inamicable to life in the community. And now, that is a far-reaching community, because it will have an effect even on the people of New York. All the ultrafine particulate matter that comes out of these smokestacks ultimately winds up in New York City. So everybody is affected.
You can read the interview transcript in its entirety, HERE.