Stars in Cars: Mike Smith aka Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys

Mike Smith aka Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys

He’s best known as “Bubbles” from the hit cult TV series, Trailer Park Boys. But now, actor Mike Smith is dumping his trademark Coke-bottle eyeglasses to play himself in the new flick, Swearnet, which chronicles his adventures with cohorts-in-crime Robb Wells and JP Tremblay – aka Ricky and Julian of the Trailer Park Boys – as they launch a profanity-riddled internet channel. When Smith isn’t on set performing his wild antics, he’s on the road driving a car that is anything but trailer trash. It’s an Italian exotic: a 2007 Maserati Quattroporte.

PG: You don’t strike me as a Maserati guy – why did you buy a Quattroporte?

MS: I wanted one for a long time. The first time we ever went to LA in 2000 I saw one and I liked it right away. I like having a four-door sedan. That’s the coolest one you can get in a four door. It handles like a smaller car. It’s fast and I love the sound of Maseratis.

PG: One of the most iconic Detroit cars on Trailer Park Boys was the “ShitMobile” – a 1975 Chrysler New Yorker, right?

MS: Yup. Big. Heavy. Powerful car. That was in mint condition when we first started and we had to break the car down. It took a long time to do with axes and sledgehammers. It was hard to dent it. There’s so much iron in the thing.

The actual ShitMobile is so banged up, but it’ll still do a brake stand to this day. You can’t kill the engine in that car. It always fires up every time someone turns the car on. The thing is still working.

PG: What’s your best driving story as Bubbles?

MS: I think it was in Season 2. I drove the ShitMobile and I can’t see anything out of my glasses. We didn’t have any safety people on set back then at all. I’d have a walkie-talkie sitting on the seat. If I was going to crash into something they’d yell, STOP! STOP! STOP!

There were a lot of mishaps with the cars on Trailer Park – they were constantly breaking down. I was driving a go-kart with my glasses on and I can’t see anything. The brakes went on the go-kart and I crashed through a fence and into a tree! It made it into Season 5 – that was not planned. I totally crashed through that fence!

Once I was late and we were shooting Trailer Park Boys, the movie, in Truro years ago and I slept in. I was probably drunk the night before. I was late and I was speeding. A cop pulled me over and he was pretty mad because I was going about 180 [km/h]. Then, he figured out I was Bubbles. I told him I was late so he said there was only one other guy on the road today so he radioed ahead and told him I was going to be coming through and to leave me alone. I was given permission to go top speed! I drove 240 [km/h] to Truro in my Lincoln LS. I went blasting by the cops at 240 and gave him a wave! That was pretty cool.

PG: Why did you chose a ’53 Ford Econoline to transform into your official news van in Swearnet?

MS: It’s a pretty cool van. We wanted something old, cool, and quirky looking. It was a good price. It’s not a very safe vehicle. It’s like you’re in a pop can. But it’s a cool thing. It’s a three-in-the-tree shifter.

PG: Did you know how to drive a three-in-the-tree or was it trial and error?

MS: I had never driven a three-on-the-tree before that movie. They just brought it to set and I had to get used to it. It’s easy to drive, but it’s a little bit weird at first.

Mike Smith
Profession: Actor
Age: 42
Hometown: Thorburn, Nova Scotia
My Car: 2007 Maserati Quattroporte

Notable achievements:
• Worked as a sound mixer on the 1999 Trailer Park Boys movie before playing Bubbles in the series, which debuted on April 22, 2001
• Worked as a sound mixer in the Hollywood films The Weight of Water with Sean Penn and Elizabeth Hurley, and Serendipity with John Cusack
• Appeared in several Trailer Park Boys films including The Big Dirty, Don’t Legalize It and Countdown to Liquor Day
• Was a guitarist in the band Sandbox, which was nominated for a Juno Award and East Coast Music Award
• Holds an English Degree from St. Francis Xavier University

Swearnet, the movie is currently playing in theatres across Canada
• Created, an uncensored internet channel
• Seasons 8 and 9 of Trailer Park Boys premiers on Netflix on September 5, 2014

PG: Where does your love of cars come from?

MS: My dad. He was a bit of a mechanical genius. I grew up always helping him when he’d be working on cars in the driveway.

I bought a 1970 Datsun 240Z – my dad built one from scratch when I was a kid. I bought one that was burned actually. The frame was perfect, but the car was burned so we bought 3 or 4 of them and built one from scratch out of those. It was a nostalgic thing. I hadn’t laid eyes on one for 20 years and then I found one and just bought it. I only paid seven grand for it. It was from California.

PG: What was your first car?

MS: The first car I ever had was an ’88 Chrysler LeBaron that I bought off my brother. It’s actually in Season 1 or 2 of Trailer Park Boys – it was Cory and Trevor’s car.”

PG: What else have you owned?

MS: I had some awful vehicles. I had a ’95 Chevy Lumina van because I used to do sound so I needed something I could haul sound gear in. That was a horrible car. I actually had an accident in it. Some woman spun out in front of me and I hit her side on. I bent the steering wheel right in half with my hands. It was really cool.

PG: What do you prefer – a modern car or a vintage car?

MS: It depends on the day and the car. I really want a ’63 or ’64 Jaguar XKE – I love those cars. But I do love modern cars. I’d love to have something real badass… A new Ferrari 458 Spider – that car is just terrifyingly powerful.

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  • LetThereBeRock

    I totally represent everythink hugh just said. End of history.

  • LetThereBeRock

    You’re rep is hensible and thats the only season I like hugh.

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    I am not shocked that every male on this comment board LOVES, as do I, TPB. It is indeed a sad…sad…sad world when–and this always happens–females will choose The Kardashians over true friggin comedy. I, am a female. It is not because I just happen to be a really close friend of one of the guys on the show (They are all very well-educated, thespian level actors in real life…my only regret is that I left the East coast) Don’t let their characters fool you. S-Mart, all of them.
    So why am I the only female that doesn’t stare down TPB’s with the expected attitude of the females whom have made their points? Same reason why women will spend $2,000 on a silly purse, rather than anything that actually does something.

  • rll

    I’m a girl and I love the Trailer Park Boys.

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    Well then…Puff Puff Pass Pass Sistah, Right on!!

    But seriously, Most of the atypical femmes that have spoken out in here have some serious issues…You know the type? TPB marathon at a friends flat, fried and formulating along with the TPB, and the female half of the host will call her supporting cast over to make a huge sighing noise, along with some stupid ‘smoke’ simile–OH! So clever, and…Off they go in a huff to eat some gluten-free crap, and stare into their mobiles over cheap martini’s and auto-tuned nonsense.

    It is always good to see there are some of us–females, that is–that embrace a well-executed–If not slightly surreal and misogynous–fine example of yet another bunch of Canadian boys doing some head on hilarious, high end comedy that is real.

    Good on ya…

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    Well…Right on Sistah!

    (But seriously…you know that within this discussion, for all intent and purposes, we are more unlikely to, according to the applicable trend…)

    *Puff Puff Pas Pass*

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    Well then, Right on sistah!

    Puff Puff Pass Pass!!

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    It also helps the Province of Halifax!!

    (Better than another T.O show!)

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    and the pot, drinks, and loads of larfs too!!

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    How do you know? I speak with one of the shows main cast on the phone, all the time… You know *pssssst* They are people just like everyone else. Have families, money troubles…well, not as much as an average 99%, but seriously…It’s a large Industry, but people do work on the show that are never seen…Geez, It’s like you don’t know this.

    Let ‘guest’ be…you never, NEVER know. Trust me.

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    You suck.
    I loathe DNB’s like you.

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    I am pretty sure she didn’t expect pot smoking loyal fans to actually burn her so quick.
    I mean…How DARE we???

    haha. Nope….as fake as her tan, she couldn’t outdo some of the really good comments from real beings, let alone get the show.

  • rikki

    I guess it now more from me. I had a stroke two days ago and I his hard time me to reply. Sorry.

  • it’sthatbad

    I’ll tell you what I don’t know !! What the h3LL are you talking about……..that post was a year ago. LOLOLOL…….what ever you say go for it , baby, I don’t care………’s a YEAR OLD…..!!

  • herringtree

    So it is a show about nothing. Kind of like Seinfeld?

  • herringtree

    I believe that is a compliment.

  • herringtree

    I love this show and my wife is a bigger fan than I am. She is extremely proud of her Conky finger puppet.

  • tshalk

    If Only Halifax Were a Province. :p

  • tshalk

    In Your Unimportant Opinion.

  • tshalk

    You kinda look like Trevor.

  • tshalk

    She Thesaurisized that shit.

  • Miss.Anne Thropee

    yeah, yeah…Nova Scotia…(aka New Scotland) My blunder….(But in defense, I was stoned!)

  • Louis Humphreys

    a 1975 Chrysler New Yorker, right?

    “That was in mint condition when we first started”

    Mint condition? And u guys destroyed it??!! That aught to be a crime!

  • AtlanticMan

    We lived about one kilometer from where Trailer Park Boys was filmed. The place was a dump !

  • mac carrol

    I write checks to the government all the time. I hate it.

  • Keith

    Yes that was a beautiful ride. A 440 with all the options of the day. Those old Chryslers were great.

  • Tony Spencer

    Well, Bubbles is neither so in the shitter goes your theory. Good luck with your tent.

  • MentalKenny

    That’s what I heard as well, makes sense.