Muffler Man: Happy Halfwit Hollywood
Type: Happy Halfwit (15-18 ft. tall)
Arm position: Standard
Accessories: None, though he may have an Uncle Sam head.
This Happy Halfwit is a newcomer to the San Francisco Bay Area, transplanted in early 2014 from his home in Flint, Michigan. The grinning goliath spent decades outside that city's Dort Mall, his giant straw hat and loud Hawaiian shirt a magnet for shoppers and their children.
The mall's Halfwit had its 15 seconds of fame when it was filmed in 2007 as a prop in the 2008 movie "Semi-Pro." A building at the state fairgrounds in Detroit was used as a stand-in for the Flint stadium. Halfwit's brush with cinematic fame is the reason new owner Bruce Kennedy named him "Hollywood."
Bruce purchased Hollywood and had the figure transported to his plastics business lot in Hayward, joining three other Muffler Men and a Santa. His exact position in the lot may change, but he's now part of Bruce's growing M-Men collection.