Michael Bay Finally Got Punched on 'Transformers 4' Set in Hong Kong?
For all the complaints that have come from fanboys across the internet - whether it's about Transformers, horror remakes of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th, or the forthcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - it's amazing that someone hadn't punched director Michael Bay in the face. But that almost changed today on the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction in Hong Kong today. While shooting a scene, two brothers approached the director and demanded $100,000 in Hong Kong currency, or about $12,900 in American dollars. Early reports indicated Bay was punched in the face, but that may not be true.
According to Reuters, these two brothers own a shop nearby the shooting location, and they demanded to be paid because they felt the production was hurting their business. Supposedly the conversation became heated, and one of the men ended up punching Bay in the face. However, new reports say the man was using an air-conditioning unit as a weapon, swinging it around, seemingly under the influence of drugs. But when he swung the unit at Bay's head, the director ducked and seized it from the man. When police showed up, his brother tried to fight off three police officers. The two were arrested, and there are reports that a third man might have been with them who was also apprehended on suspicion of assault and blackmail.
Production supposedly resumed after the men were arrested, and it doesn't sound like anyone on the crew was actually injured. Still, that's not a very good start to production on the first day of filming. It's definitely a crazy story out of Hong Kong, mostly because these people expected the production to have that much money just lying around. Clearly these knuckleheads didn't thin this through, and they'll have plenty of time to do that as they get questioned by the police and maybe get some jail time. Maybe Bay can use this in one of his movies some day, and he'll add some explosions.