NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After angering a number of residents in SoHo the city took action and ordered megastar Will Smith to move his trailer to a private lot on Wednesday.
Half a dozen blocks in the heart of SoHo were in the shadows of a massive movie production, the filming of Men In Black 3, but the film’s star has come under fire from residents who called his setup a bit too much.
“I mean to have all this nonsense here is just dumb,” Kara Iaconis, who works in the area, told CBS 2’s Katie Fehlinger.
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“Awful! It’s really disruptive,” said resident Mickey Shamla.
Smith’s trailer was easy to spot. It’s a sleek silver double-decker with nearly 1,200 square feet of pure luxury. Pictures on the manufacturer’s website show the posh insides, complete with a kitchen, bar and movie suite. And just around the corner was another trailer, housing Smith’s personal gym.
“Probably bigger than the majority of people’s apartments,” said resident Jenny Blake.
“It’s not fair! It’s not like you’re in the burbs somewhere where there’s plenty of space and plenty of room,” said Suzanne Reiman, who works in SoHo.
Business owners said Smith’s latest action flick was hurting them.
“It kind of blocks the windows of the store so you feel like nobody’s seeing you,” said resident Margarita Nolan.
“They’re disturbing us. None of it is doing us any good,” Shamla said.
Smith’s trailer will be moved but the production trailers will stay put until filming ends on Friday.
Reacting to complaints, the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting took action, saying in a statement, “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.”
The office added that New York City is experiencing record levels of film and television production and that the entertainment industry employs over 100,000 New Yorkers and contributes about $5 billion to the city’s economy each year. City Hall said “Men In Black 3” alone is bringing at least 3,000 jobs to the city.
A representative from Columbia Pictures said: “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.”
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