Most American Horror Story fans consider Asylum, the second season, the best of the bunch. It was an exceedingly dark affair with many more villains than heroes. Asylum featured deplorable Bloodyface/ Dr. Oliver Thredson (Zachary Quinto), prideful & manipulative Monsignor Timothy Howard (Joseph Fiennes), possessed Sister Mary Eunice McKee (Lily Rabe), damaged yet cruel Sister Jude Martin (Jessica Lange), equally urbane and insane Leigh Emerson (Ian McShane), and even an Angel of Death (Frances Conroy).
But even among such vile company, James Cromwell stood at the top of the pack as Dr. Arthur Arden, a sexual sadist and former Nazi who abuses his position of power at Briarcliff Manor in the most deplorable ways. His disgusting deeds come to an abrupt end following suicide by self-immolation within a crematorium. It’s hardly any wonder that Cromwell was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2013.
While Dr. Arden was never brought to justice in AHS, an ironic turn of events will see the actor who portrayed him serving actual jail time.
Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell has been sentenced to jail for refusing to pay fines related to his arrest at a protest at a New York power plant. Cromwell was among a group found guilty of obstructing traffic at a December 2015 sit-in at the site of a natural-gas-fired power plant being built in Wawayanda. The protesters say the plant threatens the environment.
So it would appear Cromwell will be serving time for the best possible reason: Participating and a peaceful protest aimed at promoting environmental awareness; his star power will inevitably shine more light on the effect natural gas power plants have on their surrounding communities. In the end, a 7-day sentence will not amount to much for the wealthy thespian (who recently turned 77).
So what do you think about Cromwell’s participation in a protest and the fact that he’s been sentenced to jail for it? Sound off in the Comments section!
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