James Cromwell is the kind of actor whose appearance is so distinctive most people know his face, but not his name. He scored one of his few leading film roles in 1995's Babe, in which he was upstaged by a talking pig—but it all worked out, given that it was not only a massive hit, but it changed Cromwell's life, turning him from a guy who occasionally flirted with vegetarianism into a vegan.
Cromwell has called the experience of making the film a turning point in his life, recalling in an interview with Vice that he was profoundly affected by seeing a small piglet react to being put onto a patch of grass. "When that little pig was put down on that big pitch and saw the blue sky and the green grass and the sea, that pig just took off," he recalled. "I said, I don't want any part of this. I am out."
Cromwell has been an ardent supporter of animal rights ever since—especially pigs, which understandably, now have a special place in his heart thanks to Babe and its sequel.