Michael Bay Gets Punched in the Face on the Set of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION [Updated with Official Statement]

     October 17, 2013


Here’s something Michael Bay can get asked endlessly about when he does press for Transformers: Age of Extinction.  According to THR, the director was attacked on the Hong Kong set by two local men, reportedly brothers, when he refused to pay them $13,000 (U.S.).  Bay don’t play that way, and an argument ensued in which the director got punched in the face.  One of the men then tried to fight off three police officers who intervened.  The brothers were then arrested on suspicion of blackmail and assault (I’m pretty sure we can at least confirm the suspicion of assault).  Bay then resumed filming.

My only question is how the brothers got so close to the director in the first place.  Film sets, especially for mega-blockbusters like Transformers, are well guarded.  Also, I’m surprised the brothers thought they could get $13,000 on the spot.  I know his movies are dumb, but it’s a bit of a stretch to believe Bay would go, “DURRR, OKAY”.  But the big lesson here is not to fuck with people who make shit blow up for a living. [Update: Paramount has issued an official statement clarifying the matter and Bay's reaction to the incident, which is even more hilarious than the initial report, and Bay has also issued a statement. Read both after the jump.]

michael-bay-transformers-age-of-exctinctionHere’s the statement from Paramount (via Empire):

Contrary to several erroneous news reports, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on his set. The production company did have a rather bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as his weapon of choice.

The young man, who had earlier accosted several other crew members, barreled onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the cumbersome appliance 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 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.

Here’s the statement from Bay:

Hi, it’s Michael.

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.

  • Werefon

    Like Bay or Not, that guys were Stupid Fucks!

  • Christian

    When they were filming the last one in D.C., I walked right up to the director’s chair. Michael Bay said hello and asked if we wanted to see some fireworks (typical). The set was blocked off around the pyrotechnics, but Bay was friendly and accessible.

    • JBug

      very cool

    • Person

      I visited the set of Transformers 2 when they filmed at the Air and Space Museum — the set itself was blocked off and they had security to control the crowd (probably around 100 people or so), but during breaks the actors and Bay would come interact with us and they were all pretty friendly and personable (Megan Fox wasn’t allowed to go near the men though). Surprised that you were able to get THAT close to Bay but yeah, these film sets aren’t exactly at DEFCON-level security.

    • Rjd12345

      A co-worker of mine helped on set for Transformers 1. She said he was surprisingly friendly as well, but also a creep when it came to any attractive girls on set.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek


    I hope they will include this scene in the movie. I am willing to pay just for the sake of it.

  • Brian James

    That’s pretty funny.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I read it was Zack Snyder who sent them there with the message that he needs to have more punching in the final act. Must of been a communication error.

    • Person

      It’s Hong Kong’s turn to get wiped off the map by aliens fighting.

  • The Flobbit

    The $13,000 the attackers wanted was money they spent on psychiatric fees after losing their mind watching Transformers 3.

  • Nadgers

    Maybe they were actually offering him money NOT to make another Transformer movie…

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    I think we should ban air conditioning units now.

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  • Chodeberg

    If the dude had a vagina, Bay would have cast him as a new transformer.

  • http://ianbrettcooper.blogspot.com/ Ian Brett Cooper

    Seems a bit of a pity that the guy didn’t have better aim. We might have been spared half a career’s worth of garbage.

  • kilar

    Moral of the story? Don’t attack Michael Bay with a freakin air conditioner!

  • Chris

    When he makes a movie about this, there will be more explosions and less dialogue.

    • mbmarquis69

      There will now be a robot in the movie that transforms from an air conditioner into a a Transformer with a stereotypical Asian dialect.

  • sense11

    He lied to the police, the guys actually said

    “this is for Pearl Harbor!”

  • jack

    Haha…Even stories that happen to him in real life have product placement

  • Martino

    Did he get elbow rocketed in the face?

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  • Calmontoya

    I can’t believe how quickly Michael Bay thought of “product placement” in his statement… well, actually, I can believe it!!!

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