Michael Bay confirms Transformers set attack

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 October 2013
Michael Bay

Michael Bay

Michael Bay has confirmed he was attacked on the set of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' in Hong Kong, but claims he dodged a punch when a "drugged up" vendor approached him and threatened to throw bricks at the director and his crew

Michael Bay has confirmed he was attacked on the set of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' in Hong Kong.

The movie's director managed to dodge a punch when a "drugged up" vendor attempted to hit him after demanding "thousands of dollars" from the helmer to ensure he and the rest of his crew were not pelted with bricks while shooting the fourth instalment of the alien robot franchise in China.

He wrote on his website: "Yes, the story is being passed around is not all true! Yes, some drugged up guys were being belligerent asses to my crew for hours in the morning of our first shoot day in Hong Kong. One guy rolled metal carts into some of my actors trying to shake us down for thousands of dollars to not play his loud music or hit us with bricks.

"Every vendor where we shot got paid a fair price for our inconvenience, but he wanted four times that amount. I personally told this man and his friends to forget it we were not going to let him extort us. He didn't like that answer. So an hour later he came by my crew as we were shooting, carrying a long air conditioner unit. He walked right up to me and tried to smack my face, but I ducked threw the air unit on the floor and pushed him away. That's when the security jumped on him."

The 48-year-old director - who didn't comment on speculation he received injuries to the right side of his face - revealed his attacker then set about trying to bite seven members of his crew during the incident until four men were arrested by police.

He added: "It took seven big guys to subdue him. It was like a Zombie in Brad Pitt's movie World War Z--he lifted seven guys up and tried to bite them. He actually bit into one of the guards Nike shoe, insane. Thank god it was an Air Max, the bubble popped, but the toe was saved.

Then it took fifteen Hong Kong cops in riot gear to deal with these punks. In all, four guys were arrested for assaulting the officers.

After that, we had a great day shooting here in Hong Kong. The place couldn't be better."

Transformers: Age of Extinction

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 45min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Michael Bay
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Stanley Tucci
  • UK release: 10 July 2014

More explosions and metal-on-metal battling from Michael Bay.

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