*Hours after the New York Post reported this morning that Will Smith’s super trailer has become a nuisance to its SoHo neighbors, the city has become involved with orders for the actor to move it to a less intrusive spot.
“To balance the interests of the production and the neighborhood, we have instructed ‘Men in Black III’ to relocate the trailer to a private lot,” the mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting said this afternoon in a statement
Smith, who’s renting a luxury apartment less than a mile away, is renting a $9,000 a week, 1,150 square foot trailer that is larger than most two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments in the city.
Smith emerged from the trailer this afternoon to a throng of reporters, but wouldn’t comment on the controversy it has caused.The specially designed ride, nicknamed “The Heat,” includes a lounge, a movie room with a 100-inch screen, marble floors throughout, offices for his assistants and writing staff, a large bedroom and all-granite bathroom. It measures about 53 feet long, has 22 wheels and weighs in at around 30 tons.
“Its ridiculous! I’ve lived here 26 years, and I’ve never seen anything this size,” complained Myrna Reisman, 62, who lives next to where the trailer was parked yesterday at Broome and Greene streets.
“This thing is like a duplex,” said Reisman. “How would Will Smith feel if I parked that thing out in front of his house? People forget this is a residential neighborhood, not a film lot — that thing is taking up half our gasoline reserve.”
The movie production arrived on Monday with around 25 trucks — including a second, 55-foot trailer featuring Smith’s full-sized gym.
The trailer is a product of Anderson Mobile Estates. With the push of a button it can double its height in just 30 seconds and sells for just under $2 million.
Inside, it features a full-service kitchen with arched windows, and matched-grain Italian cherrywood cabinetry.A satellite uplink on the roof can send Smith’s movies to and from a 50-inch plasma TV or 37-inch TVs that pop up from cabinets. The trailer also features a 100-inch roll-down movie screen.
…holds a lounge with a bar, enough office space for 30 people to hold a meeting, and the mobile offices of Smith’s assistant and his personal writing staff.
Meanwhile, in the same neighborhood, Smith is renting a five-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom apartment for $25,000 a month on Bond Street.