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The True Story Behind Bubbles' Glasses On Trailer Park Boys

Trailer Park Boys started as a cult classic (in many ways, it still is), and morphed into, well, so much more. Case in point: Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles helped produce a whole new world of Trailer Park Boys with the creation of SwearNet, a streaming network through which the series was revived after its discontinuation by Canadian network Showcase. Oh, yeah, the boys also cut a deal with Netflix, which has produced the most recent seasons — meaning that you can enjoy the hilarity on the streaming giant for countless hours, from the main series to the animated spin-off.

Trailer Park Boys is basically mainstream now (okay, sort of but not really). But no matter how many episodes the fans consume, die-hards and first-timers alike typically have one question: What's up with Bubbles' glasses? We love Bubbles (played by Mike Smith) just as much as the next person, but, seriously, what's the true story behind those Coke bottle specs?

Mike Clattenburg, the creator of Trailer Park Boys, told Sharp Magazine that he hired Mike Smith to do sound for the feature film that gave birth to the series, which was shot in 1998. At his house, Smith put on the infamous glasses and lapsed effortlessly into character. Clattenburg liked what he saw, and as they say, a star was born. In the same interview, Smith explained how he came into possession of those sweet glasses.

The glasses were a 50 cent purchase at an estate sale

"My girlfriend at the time was in Texas visiting family, and they went to an estate sale and she found these glasses," Smith explained. "They were 50 cents, and she knew that I would think they were funny because they were so thick, so she bought them as a joke. There was a picture of the old lady who the glasses belonged to, too. She only had 50 cents on her, so she bought the glasses, but not the picture. I would love to have that picture."

While Showcase wasn't convinced about Bubbles at first, Clattenburg eventually persuaded the cable channel to include the character in the show, showing the network's brass his short film The Cart Boy (which features Smith as a proto-Bubbles-type character), and promising to further develop the character.

John Paul Tremblay, otherwise known as Julian, the muscle-bound trailer park resident who wears black shirts and always has a glass of rum and Coke in hand, chimed in, "[Mike Smith] totally developed that character. He threw those glasses on one day, and we were like, 'Wow. This guy needs to be on the show.'"

Clattenburg even went so far as to say that the show wouldn't have taken off without Bubbles — and we tend to agree. As for whether the thick glasses are comfortable, well, that's a different story; Smith says that they initially gave him a pounding headache, but that he's now at the point where "my brain turns off my eye pain somehow."