At the behest of New York City's Mayor Bloomberg, Will Smith was forced yesterday to move his gigantic 53-foot trailer from a SoHo neighborhood — and into a nearby parking lot.
Local residents earlier complained bitterly to city officials about the fumes, noise, and loss of parking due to the massive 22-wheeler; which is serving as the actor's HQ during filming for "Men in Black III".
"Why you need a trailer that big — I didn't know trailers came that big," Bloomberg told reporters yesterday. "If lots of people showed up with 'em, we'd certainly have to do something."
The 1,150 square-foot double-decker trailer measures over 53 feet long and includes marble floors, a full kitchen, bar, meeting room for up to 30 people, and a 100'' screen among other amenities. Rent is $9,000/week. Oh, yeah — and Smith has also rented a $25,000/month five-bedroom apartment less than a mile away, as well.
Smith earlier told The NY Post that the outrage was "hilarious", but a source close to the actor revealed today that he was less than pleased that his trailer was now more than — gasp! — a half-mile from set.
Said Public Safety Committee chair Peter Vallone, Jr., "Hardworking New Yorkers have a right to wake up in the morning and not find a cruise ship parked out in front of their house. This is New York, not Hollywood. We don't roll that way."
The only good news out of all this for Smith is that he got a wicked good rate on parking. According to The Post, the lot is charging him only $10.14 plus tax per day.
"Men in Black III" is scheduled for release in 2012. Check out an AP video on the trailer below: