May 11th, 2011
12:58 PM ET
We hope Will Smith doesn't run out of sugar anytime soon - the actor's NYC SoHo neighbors are none too pleased with his movie trailer parked in the middle of the neighborhood.
According to the New York Post, Smith’s 1,150 square feet double-decker trailer is being rented for $9,000 a week and is located less than a mile away from the luxury apartment home Smith is renting. The actor is shelling out $25,000 a month for that five-bedroom, 6.5 bath abode on Bond Street.
The paper reports that when the film set up shop on Monday, 25 trucks settled in the area, including Smith's 55-foot trailer for his full-size gym.
Residents in the area fumed to the Post, calling it “ridiculous” and smelly – “It’s like living in a gas station,” complained one neighbor.
"This thing is like a duplex," said 62-year-old Myrna Reisman, who lives next to the intersection where the trailer was parked. "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 residence-on-wheels includes all the comforts of a (superstar’s) home: a full-service kitchen; a lounge with a bar; a movie room with a 100-inch screen; a large bedroom and all-granite bathroom; and office space for up to 30 people to hold meetings.
Although Smith’s camp declined to comment on the situation, Julianne Cho with the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting says they've asked the star to move his super-sized trailer away from the irritated residents.
“New York City is currently experiencing record levels of film and television production,” Cho told CNN. “To balance the interests of the production and the neighborhood, we have instructed Men in Black 3 to relocate the trailer to a private lot."
A rep for Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio producing “Men in Black III,” told the Post in a statement, “We know we are guests in the neighborhoods where we film, and are always respectful of the area residents and businesses.”
Update 4:14 p.m.: The "Men In Black III" production team tells CNN in a statement, “We appreciate the opportunity to film in New York, which has been the home of all three Men In Black productions. 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."
The statement continues that "The trailer will be relocated to private property. Film production like ours creates thousands of jobs and funnels millions of dollars into local businesses and we appreciate the continued support we have received from the community."
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