Michael Bay responds to “insane” attack on Transformers set in Hong Kong

Director says “drugged up guys were being belligerent asses” before he was attacked by a guy attempting to “shake us down for thousands of dollars”

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Michael Bay has revealed details of an incident in Hong Kong that sounds nothing short of a scene from one of his own action films.

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Responding to local media reports in China that gangs had interrupted Transformers 4 production, Bay has taken to his personal blog to set the record straight. 

Although he claims the press reports are “not all true”, he confirms that it took “fifteen Hong Kong cops in riot gear to deal with these punks,” who disrupted the movie that stars Mark Walhberg, Nicola Petz and Jack Reynor.

“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.


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He says that although all the local traders were paid “a fair price” for the inconvenience caused, one man and his friends wanted “four times that amount” and he would not “let him extort us”.

“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.”

Despite the incident, Bay concludes that “after that, we had a great day shooting here in Hong Kong. The place couldn’t be better.”

 


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