Michael Bay attacked on set of Transformers 4 in Hong Kong
Story by Jack Foley
DIRECTOR Michael Bay has been injured in an attack on the Hong Kong set of his latest Transformers film.
The filmmaker, 48, received injuries to the right side of his face but, according to reports, declined to seek treatment and continued filming in a busy area of Hong Kong island.
A local newspaper first reported the incident by revealing that three men had caused “a huge disturbance” to the filming of the American science fiction blockbuster.
It speculated that the men could have missed out on disturbance fees which the film crew paid to shop and business owners whose businesses were likely to be affected during filming.
Local police told Reuters that two men subsequently approached Bayduring filming and one of them demanded payment of HK$100,000 ($12,900; £8,030). As the discussion continued, the man assaulted Mr Bay and also attacked three police officers who tried to intervene.
They said that two men have been arrested on suspicion of blackmail and assault, while a third man was arrested at the scene.
Bay himself has since commented on his blog: “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. It was like a Zombie in Brad Pitt’s movie World War Z – he lifted seven guys up and tried to bite them.”
He continued: “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.
“It took 15 Hong Kong cops in riot gear to deal with these punks. He [the vendor] actually bit into one of the guard’s Nike shoe. Insane. Thank god it was an Air Max — the bubble popped, but the toe was saved.”
The fourth instalment of the Transformers franchise welcomes Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz and is scheduled for release in June 2014.