Sure, after cranking out clunkers like the Transformers series, fans joke about wanting to take a swing at Michael Bay from time to time. But one belligerent Hong Kong native did just that — and almost killed the director with an air-conditioning unit.
While shooting in Hong Kong for Transformers 4, Bay’s crew was essentially attacked by four guys who tried to extort money from the film crew for the inconvenience of having the shoot in their city. When Bay brushed them off, they came back — and one dude threw an air-conditioning unit at Bay’s head. Seriously.
Thankfully, no one was hurt, as Bay dodged the swing and security subdued the guy and his pals. Sure, we might not like some of Bay's movies — but we obviously wouldn’t wish bodily harm on the man.
After rumors of the incident starting making the rounds today, Bay issued a statement confirming and explaining what happened:
“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. 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.”
Ironically enough, it almost sounds like a WTF scene that would fit perfectly inside a Michael Bay film.