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SoHo residents irked by Will Smith's huge trailer

Pedestrians walk on the corner of Broome and Greene Streets next to a double-decker movie trailer parked in the Soho neighborhood in the Manhattan borough of New York, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. The trailer, for Will Smith's movie "Men in Black III," is causing complaints from area residents. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
May 12, 2011 4:04:21 AM PDT
Will Smith's movie "Men in Black III" is getting bad reviews from a New York City neighborhood where it's being filmed.

"This has just taken over the neighborhood," said Cathey Dillian, a SoHo resident.

But Will Smith didn't seem to have a care in world.

Smith flashed his million dollar smile, but refused to talk with Eyewitness News.

"What do you think about having to move your trailer, come on, one question," asked Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson.

His double decker luxury trailer was supposed to be parked on Broome Street until Friday, but now must move, as the city gave the actor his marching orders Wednesday.

"Is it excess? This is what Will needs to make the movies he's been making through the years," said Anthony Miller, of VIP's Location Vans.

The 22-wheeler top of the line trailer weighs 30 tons and includes a lounge and a movie room. It stretches some 53 feet across, can expand up, and Smith also has a second trailer that houses his gym.

It's where he ducks in and out between takes, he's filming "Men in Black III," but Cathey Dillian is seeing red on Greene Street.

"I think it's a threat to the neighborhood's air quality, peace of mind, I think it's over the top," Dillian said.

"We cannot get the trucks in, can't get easy access to our shop so we need extra crew, extra people and we spend money for it," said Pierre Paradis, a local business owner.

Despite its size, the multi-million dollar motor home doesn't violate any regulations, the proper permits are in place, but still complaints poured into the film's production company, who reached out to the city who decided it was in everybody's best interest to relocate.

But some say they welcome the trailers, extras and crew.

"We always want to see that kind of activity because it means dollars for the city. It makes lunch time interesting," said Emily Grant, a neighborhood worker.

The trailer was moved to a nearby private lot for the next three days, while Smith keeps on his game face.


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