Lucy Lawless and six fellow Greenpeace activists were released from police custody earlier today, after being arrested aboard the oil rig Nobel Discoverer in New Zealand’s Port Taranaki and charged with burglary. But Greenpeace is calling the group’s three-day stay atop the ship’s tower, delaying its Shell-chartered trip to the Arctic, a success.
“When we started this seven of us went up the rig but 133,000 came down with us in solidarity,” Lawless said in a statement, referring to the number of people who sent letters to Shell, protesting its plans to drill exploratory wells off the coast of Alaska. “They’re writing letters and we know that new heros are going to spring up in our fervent mission to make sure the oil industry becomes an energy industry is one that is renewable and clean.”
On the third night aboard the ship, Lawless and company said they were bombarded with loud music and lights, but a Shell spokesperson told the New Zealand Herald that the music was from an alarm clock and the lights were necessary for routine work.
The seven protesters will appear in court on Thursday.
Lucy Lawless and six other Greenpeace activists have been high atop a tower on the oil tanker Noble Discoverer for almost 24 hours now, hoping to keep the Shell-contracted ship in its New Zealand port instead of heading to the Arctic. And despite the cold weather and daunting heights, and of course, the threat of arrest, the actress sounds every bit as fierce as the Warrior Princess character that made her a household name — in a peaceful way, of course.
“On watch. Pretty chilly but wind has died down. Can’t imagine being on this tub in the Arctic circle. These guys must freeze #savethearctic,” she tweeted, before urging protesters across the globe to remember the environmental organization’s nonviolent mission. “I hear there are protests at Shell Stns in Europe. Remember, we must be instruments of Peace. #savethearctic.”
In a blog post for Greenpeace, she admitted that the climb wasn’t a picnic. “I’m safe, I’m ok, my carabiners are sound, but it was pretty scary! I think I’d rather be home with a latte, but I don’t feel that I had a choice,” she wrote. “Clearly in a cost/benefit analysis, Shell reckons that an Arctic spill is an acceptable risk to them. But make no mistake, due to the harshness and remoteness of the Arctic environment, an oil spill up there will make the Gulf of Mexico look like a children’s party.”
Merkin Christmas, everybody, and a Happy Pube Year! Have we discussed how much we truly love merkins? You know what we always say: if a movie doesn’t require actors to wear a tiny pubic wig, then it’s not worth watching. Luckily, it sounds like the upcoming film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has the request crotch costuming to make it one of our favorites.
Said the film’s star Rooney Mara to Metro, “There was a lot of discussion that went into my merkin for the movie, because I was naked quite a lot. And I don’t think a lot of people will notice all of the attention that went into that. But there was a lot of discussions around that.” Ah, but what of Daniel Craig‘s merkin? We would like to have a discussion about that! Mara continued, “Well, you know, in the book she’s meant to have strawberry-blonde hair originally and she dyes it, so we had a special merkin made that was, you know, strawberry-blonde so that it would fit.” We can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the soon-to-be-released thriller is so committed to authenticity. Then take a few more breaths as we gasp in delight at other celebrity merkin experiences:
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce: “I looked at Kate and she was like, ‘You’ve got to do it. Trust me, it’s so brave. Put a merkin on and you’ll be fine,'” Wood said, reminiscing about her nude scene in the HBO miniseries. “Let’s just say, I had to wear a wig because it was in the 30s, and everything had to look like it was in the 30s.”
Kate Winslet, The Reader: “I had to grow the hair down there. But because of years of waxing, as all of us girls know, it doesn’t come back quite the way it used to,” Winslet remarked about her 2008 Oscar-winning role. “They even made me a merkin — a wig — because they were so concerned that I might not be able to grow enough.”
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve rounded up 17 Celtic beauties who’ve got the luck of the Irish in their gene pools. Check out our pot o’ golden pics!
17. Lucy Lawless
15. Drew Barrymore
14. Mariah Carey
13. Bridget Moynahan
12. Mandy Moore
11. Laura Prepon
10. Jenny McCarthy
9. Jennifer Connelly
8. Heather Graham
7. Kristen Bell
6. Katherine Heigl
5. Lindsay Lohan
4. Rosario Dawson
3. Vanessa Hudgens
2. Rose McGowan
1. Anne Hathaway