Michael Bay Assaulted on the Set of Transformers 4… with an Air Conditioner?


So here’s a pretty bizarre little story that has been making the rounds on the interweb, and since it happens to involve Michael Bay, it is clearly of interest to movie nerds. It seems that he and his crew had a physical altercation with some locals while shooting Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong. The exact details of the encounter are still somewhat unclear, but it appears that a few rowdy troublemakers approached them and asked to be compensated for the lost revenue from their business. After being denied, they eventually returned and tried to attack Michael Bay himself using an air conditioner as a weapon. It is seemingly up for debate whether or not Bay was actually injured in the scuffle, but this is his side of the story:

“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. But 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.”

According to an earlier report, Bay had sustained injuries to the side of his face, but refused medical treatment and continued shooting anyway. I’m not sure what is more badass… getting hit and refusing treatment, or actually dodging the blow. I suppose Bay would probably not want to admit to getting hurt even if it was true. I’m just surprised it was that easy to approach him on the set. Either way, this is clearly something that would only happen in Michael Bay’s world and I can’t wait to see the related viral videos that result from it. Pain & Gain 2 anyone?

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  • devolutionary

    The premise of a faux-documentary on the making of Transformers 4 (Hong Kong zombie outbreak on the set?) already sounds more interesting to me than seeing this film.

  • Steve Kroodsma

    I’m waiting for Frank to jump in with the “this is just an elaborate Nike ad” conspiracy theory.

  • An air conditioner beat him up? Awesome. This is for all of the sins he committed for cinema.