Will Smith's trailer is moved on
Published 12/05/2011 | 13:23
Will Smith's luxury trailer has been sent packing after complaints from residents in the New York neighbourhood where his new film is being shot.
The location shoot for Men In Black III has clogged the narrow streets of Manhattan's Soho district for several days.
But among the two dozen trucks and trailers deployed there, the most prominent was the apartment-on-wheels occupied by Hollywood star Will.
The double-decker digs were larger than many Manhattan residences and had locals up in arms about its size, noise and fumes.
"I love Will Smith, but this is about survival," said Anessa Rahman, co-owner of an antiques store located a few steps from the curbside spot where the actor's trailer had been parked.
The trailer, along with the rest of the crowded Hollywood convoy, was putting a dent in her business, she said.
On Wednesday afternoon the megatrailer was removed by Columbia Pictures.
"This trailer has been used many times in this city by different studios on various movies over the years, and while its use has never been an issue before, we regret any inconvenience it may have caused," Columbia Pictures spokesman Steve Elzer said.
Anessa said she was grateful to see the trailer pulled away but Shoja Azari wasn't so easily placated.
The independent filmmaker, who lives and works in the thick of the Men In Black shooting site, called the movie unit "rowdy" adding: "They treat the whole neighbourhood like it's a studio, like it's their backyard. It's crazy."