Michael Bay attacked on 'Transformers 4' set by man with AC unit
Director Michael Bay was attacked on the set of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" in Hong Kong on Thursday, Oct. 17, but was not injured.
A spokesperson from Paramount Pictures, the company behind the film, explained the incident in a statement to OTRC.com on Thursday.
"Contrary to several erroneous news reports made today, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on set. The production company did have a bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon," the statement said. "The man, who had earlier accosted several other crew members, rushed onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the air conditioning unit directly at Bay's head."
"The director ducked and wrested the air conditioner from his attacker, preventing what could have been a serious accident," the statement continued. "The company's security team quickly stepped in and subdued the assault. The police, who also scuffled with the assailant and two of his companions, ultimately arrested the three men. No one on the cast or crew was injured and the production immediately resumed filming without further incident."
According to the statement, the incident happed on the first day of shooting the film in Hong Kong. The film has already completed four and a half months of filming in locations like Arizona, Utah and Texas.
Bay confirmed the incident in a statement on his official website.
"Yes, the story is being passed around is not all true! Yes, some drugged up guys were being belligerent [expletive] to my crew for hours in the morning of our first shoot day in Hong Kong," Bay wrote. "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."
"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," Bay later added. "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."
Bay said that it took "seven big guys" to subdue the attacker, who Bay later compared to a zombie from "World War Z." The director said the attacker attempted to bite the security guards. According to Bay, a total of four people were arrested in connection to the incident.
"After that, we had a great day shooting here in Hong Kong," Bay said.
Reuters initially reported that Bay was attacked by two brothers. A police spokesperson told the news outlet that the younger brother had demanded a payment of $12,900, but it was not clear what the payment was for. The older brother was reportedly the one who tried to attack Bay.
"Transformers: Age of Extinction" is set for release in June 2014. It was announced in November 2012 that Mark Wahlberg had signed on to star in the film. Wahlberg had previously worked with Bay in the film "Pain & Gain," which hit theaters earlier this year.