In Oklahoma, there are many people who call these trailers "home." Until there's a tornado, and then they're called "gone."
But in Los Angeles, when you spot one of these white trailers, you can guarantee that there is a shoot going on somewhere very close that involves a VIP. Star Wagons - or talent trailers, as they're also called - can often be spotted on the street or in a parking lot for location shoots, or even on a studio lot for longer productions.
When I met The Gorilla on the set of his first movie, there were no Star Wagons involved. The guys were lucky if they got an air conditioned van to rest in between shoots. But these guys have become full-blown divas.
(Just kidding. I think union contracts require the Star Wagons now, whereas the first movie was not a union movie.)
From the fanciest set to the most low brow production, the inside of these trailers are always the same. I thought you might want a peek at these luxury loungers, so I twisted The Gorilla's arm to let me shoot a few pictures inside his trailer.
There are a couple of different formations, but the most common one I've seen has been one trailer that is split into two separate sections for two different people. (This is not to be mistaken with a double wide.)
You get your name on the door.
And the insides give me chills with all the modern decor. Wood paneling, velour, and brass aren't modern, you say? Oh. Well, it it gives me chills anyhow.
The Gorilla and Spike make very important business calls in these trailers. They're always wheelin' and dealin' using phrases like "Have your people call my people" and "Don't you know who I am?"
Oh, wait. Their power producer facade is about to crumble. Spike appears to be talking on a...camera.
Well, whatever. If phones can be cameras, who says cameras can't be phones?
This bathroom was made in imitation of the Vegas Bellagio. You can't tell?
And there's always a shower, in case you need to rinse off. And I refuse to believe anything ever happens in these showers beyond rinsing off.
All jokes aside, the talent trailers occupied by A-listers to F-listers are very basic. I've seen them customized with fancy pillows, artwork, and candles. There is usually a selection of food and drink and that runs the gamut, too.
But, for the most part, I think you'd be surprised at the non-glamour inside. The hotels where they head when the shoot is over for the day, well, that's a whole different story.
And a whole 'nother post.