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Crew Dick Interviews: Sunnyvale Wheels

Ricky using his clearing stick to clear shit off the shitmobile

With Trailer Park Boys Season 12 filming wrapping up, the camera dicks are getting ready to leave Sunnyvale. We can confirm that Ricky is thrilled that they are leaving because he is fucking fed up with them, but we can bet that he will miss the help of Transportation Coordinator Shawn Murphy.  Without constant work on the Shitmobile, it’s FUCKED.

Transportation Co-ordinator Shawn Murphy tests out a Sunnyvale Police Cruiser.

Transportation Co-ordinator Shawn Murphy tests out a Sunnyvale Police Cruiser.

Murphy is the vehicle wrangler on the set of Trailer Park Boys, and while he and the rest of the crew dicks have a love-hate relationship with Ricky’s 1975 New Yorker, there’s no question as to its value.

Generally the Shitmobile is what it is, it’s a piece of shit which requires a lot of bubble gum to keep it running each season,” says Murphy.  “But it’s definitely our prize possession.”

It wasn’t always a big piece of shit, but Ricky doesn’t exactly baby the fucking thing.

“Back in the day, it was a great-running vehicle,” recalls Murphy.  “But as you’ve seen through the seasons, we’ve definitely put her through her paces. She’s incurred some damage, and it basically is now what it’s called, it’s a Shitmobile.”

The steering wheel and dash of the Shitmobile

Murphy says there are a ton of fucking issues with it – gaskets, oil, all kinds of fuckarounds – but the main thing that keeps him busy is the Shitmobile’s extreme lack of fuel efficiency.

“The biggest problem with the Shitmobile has always been the fact that it runs off a marine gas tank in the back,” says Murphy. “That big motor, it takes about 11 minutes at idle before you gotta dump a jerry can in it.  That’s basically the biggest headache with the Shitmobile.”  

But lucky for Ricky, when the crew dicks are around, they make sure the Shitmobile at least meets the safety standards of a film set… even a totally fucked one like Trailer Park Boys.

It starts every time.  It does run, the brakes are good, we gotta have it safe for cast and crew, bystanders and whatnot,” explains Murphy.  “It definitely doesn’t have an actual safety sticker on it.  Even it was in good condition, you couldn’t get that, seeing as how it’s missing a door.

A picture of The Shitmobile's actual bullshit inspection sticker

The Shitmobile’s actual bullshit inspection sticker

From Japan by way of a greasy Nova Scotian junk yard

When it was time for Bubbles to upgrade from his go-kart, they checked in with Murphy to see if he knew of anything that was low-cost, but could still haul around some barrels of Nuclear Bloom (or bull semen).  Enter Bubbles’ fucked little white truck.

“It came from Chester, Nova Scotia,” recalls Murphy.  “A guy down there, an eccentric fellow that owns a scrap yard is sitting on 50 of them, in the woods there, with trees and grass all growing up through them. I met him on a different production.  When the Boys said they wanted a mini truck, I knew where to get one for cheap.”

The Mitsubishi turned out to be perfect for Bubbles.  Well, almost perfect.

“It’s made for Asian men, there’s no seat adjustment,” explains Murphy.  “When us Canadian folk go in, we get pretty jammed up in there. And it’s a right-side drive, it’s a little interesting getting used to that at first.”

While the size of the thing might’ve been a bastard to deal with, it did leave Bubbles and the transportation dicks some room for error while they were getting used to steering on the other side of the vehicle.

“The thing is only about three feet wide, so you have a lot of lane left.”

A favourite from his fan days

Before he was fucking around with vehicles on the set of Sunnyvale, Murphy was a fan of the show and loved the many vehicles that Julian would cruise around in.  When asked for a favourite, it was an easy answer.

I liked Julian’s SVT Cobra Mustang,”  says Murphy.  “It’s a badass pony.

Even though he wasn’t a part of the Trailer Park Boys crew at the time, he still got his greasy fingers on the Mustang.  In a bit of foreshadowing for his future role, the car was brought into Murphy’s former place of business.

“I was working at a Ford dealership at the time, when he was getting the motor rebuilt on it, and I actually got to take it on its first test drive with the new motor myself.”

The verdict?

“It was a pretty wild car.”

A picture of Julian's Mustang Cobra and Randy

Don’t let Randy’s gut ruin the picture of this DECENT car!

Last week we interviewed James Kennedy, one of the set-dressing dicks responsible for the shitty look and feel of Sunnyvale.  If you want to learn more about the crew dicks, last year we interviewed a fuckload of them, click here for part 1 and here for part 2.

Crew Dick Interviews: Decorating Sunnyvale

The interior of Bubbles' shed

The camera dicks are back in Sunnyvale for the filming of Trailer Park Boys Season 12.  While their cameras are mainly focused on the drunk-n-stoned antics of Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles, there are other parts of Sunnyvale that are just as key to the success of Trailer Park Boys (no, we’re not talking about Cory and Jacob, nobody gives a flying fuck about Cory and Jacob).

The homes and art direction of Sunnyvale are jam-fucking-packed with character, and are often huge pillars of the schemes and stories of Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles.

James Kennedy has played a part in the look and feel of the park since Season 6 of Trailer Park Boys.

The on-set dresser

James Kennedy has been making Sunnyvale look like shit since Season 6.

It doesn’t take rocket appliances to know this, but working for the Trailer Park Boys is completely fucking different from a lot of other productions.  Kennedy has to contend with all kinds of unique issues — take the fury of Ricky’s clearing stick, for example.

“When a toaster oven hits the ground, it’s good for a couple takes,” explains Kennedy.  “After that, you’re basically picking it up in both arms and then setting the pieces back on the hood and making it resemble what used to look like a toaster oven for the forth or fifth take. It just goes downhill from there. But that’s a lot of fun.”

The residences of Sunnyvale are not your average dwellings, either.  Bubbles lives in a shed, for fuck sakes.  Julian has lived in a shipping container, and Ricky spent most of his life living in his car.  But since Season 8, the Boys have found themselves in a cozy little compound with Ricky’s trailer sitting across from Julian’s trailer, and Bubbles’ shed is tucked nicely between the two.

Julian’s Trailer – Sunnyvale’s Business Park

Julian’s priority is money, and he is constantly chasing the Freedom-35-oh-fuck-Freedom-45 dream.  This is reflected in the layout of his trailer, which usually resembles a business and not a home.

“Julian’s place keeps evolving,” says Kennedy.  “It was a country saloon one year, a beauty salon another year. It was all painted pink that year.”

While Julian was spending time by the ocean in Season 11, Bubbles transformed the trailer into a pizza sauce factory.

“Bubbles had a conveyor line for the pizza sauce, a bottling station, turntables, beautiful labels. He goes all out, Bubbles, when he has a business proposition,” says Kennedy.

 

The SwearNet art department dicks are always happy to help the Boys when it comes to boosting the look and feel of Sunnyvale.

“The art department started putting it together a few weeks before we commenced filming,” says Kennedy. “The process involves acquiring things, brainstorming stuff, defining the basic look, and then it’s a question of collecting things.”

Collecting “things” for the Sunnyvale set can happen out of the blue.  Kennedy remembers a bit of seren-fuckin-dipity from Season 6 when the camera dicks were setting the stage for the search for Oscar Goldman, Trinity’s chicken.  On their way to lunch, they found a penis-shaped mushroom on the side of the road.

“We said ‘oh we gotta use that’ and I preserved it in a paper bag through lunch.  When we shot the scene, Ray found the penis-shaped mushroom, held it up, and said ‘A cock is a male hen, we’re on the right track Boys!'”  

“When you find a mushroom that’s shaped like a cock, boy, I guess you gotta use it,” declares Kennedy.  “A gift from nature for sure.” 

Part Trailer, Part Hockey Rink

Before Ricky was falsely advertising Nathan MacKinnon for his hockey camp at the local rink, he was running hockey lessons out of his own trailer.

“That was a neat decor,” says Kennedy. “We had boards around the inside of his trailer, a blue line and red line on the ice, it was a lot of fun.  Everybody’s seen hockey games, we know what rinks look like. We just did it Ricky style.”

Kennedy points out that Ricky’s trailer has undergone some changes ever since the gramson came into the picture.

“Sarah’s kind of taken things in hand, she’s working with Trinity to make it baby-friendly,” says Kennedy. “There’s a nice couch and television. It’s gotten a little more homey. There’s still Ricky in there – there are little messes everywhere, but it’s nice.”

A Shed and a Borntday

Bubbles shed has also seen some changes over the years.

“He keeps a cozy little shed, it’s mostly a cat-themed decor,” says Kennedy.  “It’s got his bunk beds that he has always had. He sleeps in one and keeps stuff on the other. I guess one of the major additions on the top bunk is a major ghetto blaster that he got from Snoop Dogg a couple years ago and that’s an impressive piece of equipment.”

The stereo that Snoop Dogg gave to Bubbles now sits on his top bunk

Kennedy has a particularly fond memory of Bubbles’ shed, or more specifically, the honey oil refinery from Season 8.

“It was the year I turned 50 during the show. Bubbles was explaining how he was using rice cookers to aid in the oil process.  Ricky said ‘It’s that easy?’ Bubbles said ‘yeah’ and then he whipped the camera around to me and said ‘But you know the best part? That cocksucker James Kennedy turned 50 today’ and it shocked the hell out of me. The crew sang happy birthday and that was a great fuckin’ way to turn 50. Finished the bottle of Macallan he gave me that night.”

Bubbles gives James Kennedy a birthday gift

Bubbles gives James a birthday bottle of scotch (from the Season 8 DVD extras).

New on swearnet.com – Ricky Hates the Crew Dicks

Ricky confronts Bruce McCulloch

The camera dicks have taken over Sunnyvale for weeks now and Ricky has had enough.  On the latest On-Set video from the filming of Trailer Park Boys Season 12, Ricky vents his frustrations.

The main bone of contention is that every drink on the set seems to be warm temperature, as if there is a fucking shortage of ice in Nova Scotia.  Ricky confronts a number of the crew members about this fucking situation and does discover that the ice is being hoarded by someone.

He also confronts guest director Bruce McCulloch and asks him why he is being such a dick.  Ricky doesn’t quite recognize Bruce but that is probably because he was stoned when The Kids in the Hall legend joined the Trailer Park Boys Podcast back in January. 

One person who isn’t bitching about the crew is Julian, who has figured out a way to get what he wants (in other words, liquor all day long).

Fucked Memories from the Year Gone By

The Boys are shielding themselves

It doesn’t take a rocket appliantist to know that there are 52 weeks in a year.  Well, the Boys just finished their 52nd weekly podcast, so that means the Trailer Park Boys Podcast is celebrating its borntday!

Even though it’s simply three drunk and stoned idiots talking shit, a lot work goes into the production of the podcast.  Usually, it’s broadcasted from the comforts of Ricky’s kitchen,  but in order to stick to a schedule (and keep Julian’s greasy sponsors happy), the Boys don’t let their busy touring schedule get in the way.  They’ve podcasted from such far-flung places as Central Park in New York City, Hollywood, and fuckin’ Finland!


Location, Location, Location

SwearNet showrunner Preston has some fucked memories from the time the Boys did a podcast in the middle of a public park in Boston, without a permit.

We thought we were fucked to begin with,” says Preston.  “Normally you secure the proper paperwork for that kind of thing, but we didn’t have the time, so we just went for it.  Bright lights, a camera crew, open liquor, and Bubbles calling out to people he thought were Conan O’Brien.  The Boys are used to jail, I’m not, I thought we were fucked.”

Thankfully, they made it to a place where everybody knows your name before Boston’s finest showed up.


Highs and Lows

Sometimes, the Boys travel to places where the cops just don’t give a fuck.

Crew dick Chipper’s fondest memory was when they went to Amsterdam (surprise, surprise).

Oh man, the giggle fit in Amsterdam,” recalls Chipper.  “We were all so high and in the perfect mood.  When Ricky started talking about the goddamn swans we all lost our shit.  What you saw on camera was all real reactionary laughter. They even called me out because I couldn’t stop fuckin’ laughing off camera.”

The Boys agree — on the one-year anniversary podcast, they declared the Amsterdam episode to be the highest they’ve ever been on the podcash.


Vincent van Go Fuck Yourself

But it’s not all dope and cops — the Podcast is also an opportunity for the Boys to display their many talents.

Camera dickette Hannah‘s favourite moments are when Ricky lets his artistic juices flow.

Anytime Ricky draws or paints is the best,” says Hannah.  “There was one episode when Ricky started talking about ‘Vincent van GoPro’ and got all confused about exactly which body part he cut off, it was some weird shit.”


Turtleducken

Ricky is not just a whiz with the paintbrush, he’s also a decent fucking chef.  Or at least, he thinks so.

Website moderator Tiggy says her favourite memories involve Ricky’s ambitiously fucked food creations.

I liked Ricky’s Choco-bananee-salmoken recipe, I’d like to see him make that on Master Chef,” says Tiggy.  “But perhaps not his version of turducken, that was fucked.”


Podcasting Is a Safety Hazard

Though it’s been an extremely successful inaugural year of the Trailer Park Boys Podcast, it hasn’t come without its bumps and bruises.

Ricky nearly burned the studio down while trying to celebrate the one-year borntday, but that is just one slice of the danger-pepperoni.  In fact, Ricky is lucky to have survived this year.


With all this momentum behind them, even the strongest shit winds can’t slow down the Trailer Park Boys Podcast.  Be sure to tune into year two of this cockery!  You can watch the video version by subscribing to SwearNet, or if you prefer to listen to the audio version (or maybe you’re a cheap fucker), you can listen to it on iTunes and Libsyn.

Have a drinky-poo and celebrate the first borntday of the Trailer Park Boys Podcast!