Michael Bay Talks about Being Attacked in Hong Kong While Filming TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

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Last year, we reported on the bizarre story regarding Michael Bay being attacked in Hong Kong during filming on Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Initial reports stated that two local men had been trying to extort the production, and when Bay refused, the director got punched in the face.  The men were arrested, and the Bay resumed filming.  It was a little schadenfreude for Bay’s detractors, but not much more.  However, the studio then sent out a clarification saying Bay was not punched in the face, but was attacked by a man who “was wielding an air conditioning unit as his weapon of choice,” a sentence that is no less strange today than it was last October.  Bay also sent out a statement detailing the event.

At the press day for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay sat down with Steve and told the story with some new details.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

michael-bay-hong-kong-attackBefore we begin, here’s the statement Bay put out on October 17, 2013:

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.

In his interview with Steve, Bay cleared up a few things but another item became unclear.

michael-bay-transformers-4-imaxFirst, if you were like me and wondering how anyone could even get close to the director on the set of a blockbuster movie, Bay explained that they’re not allowed to close off streets in Hong Kong.  Traffic has to be allowed to pass through.  Second, Bay noted that he may have escalated matters by personally getting in the face of the extortionist before the assault.

The biggest difference in the stories, both from the original reports and the one Bay tells now is the number of assailants.  According to Steve’s interview with Bay, there was only one assailant as opposed to the multiple assailants from previous reports, including Bay’s where he said “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.”

I still don’t think we have the full story, but here’s the transcript of how Bay tells it now:

MICHAEL BAY: Should we talk about the guy with the air conditioner?  Let me tell you, okay…I might have started the fight, okay?  I might have started the fight.  This guy was extorting us.  He really screwed up my shoot for two-and-a-half hours, and we’re very organized.  When we come to a location, we spend a year coming in, we pay off all the store owners, everyone got a very fair wage for their little shops.  This guy had a shit-burger shop.  He sold parts of air conditioning—it was junk.  You look in there and it was just junk.  And he had this saw, it was like metal, and he was just grinding it.  And he’s yelling, and he’s wacked out on drugs, and he attacked one of my actors, he threw some bricks at some of my other crew.  The cops came down, and they say, “There’s nothing we can do.”

And we’re like, “What do you mean there’s nothing you can do?”

michael-bay-hong-kong-attack-transformers“Well, we can call his mother, and it would embarrass him, but we can’t arrest him.  He owns this shop.”

Then he was way, way obnoxious.  And you know, he’s a little guy, and I went up to him and I said, “Go fuck yourself.”  I got in his face.  “Go fuck yourself, alright?”  Maybe he understood me?  I don’t know.  But I was really mad because he was screwing up the entire shoot.

I said, “Guys, let’s take all our stuff, go a football field away, shoot at the opening of this apartment building.  Let’s get away from these guys.  These guys are just being punks.

The Hong Kong crew was really embarrassed by this guy, by what he was doing.  So then we’re shooting because we’re not allowed to lock down anything.  The rule in Hong Kong is that you need the flow of traffic, people—nothing can be stopped.  So we shoot this shot by this albino butcher.  Have you ever shot an albino butcher?  I did!  He’s right over here in this cooking shop in Hong Kong!

And we’re shooting this shot, and in the middle of the scene this guy with this air conditioner you’d put over a doorway, he walking, and I’m like, “Oh my god.  It’s that punk.”  And literally we’re shooting and no one sees him, and he comes at me and he kind of does the air conditioner like that [makes slinging motion], and I duck, and then I grab the thing and then I grabbed his throat because I was pissed.  And that’s when the security guys jumped on him.  Five guys jumped on him, and the guy was lifting them off.  These were SAS guys.  Something was not right here.  It was wild.

But walking around the malls on our day off, literally, I’m not kidding you, 75 people from Hong Kong just came up to you, “We’re so sorry.  That’s not how people are in Hong Kong.”

And here’s the video.  Look for more of Steve’s interview with Michael Bay later this week.


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  • World’s Finest Comments

    Even my computer exploded while reading this…

  • rufus

    The guy was probably upset about them making another Transformers movie. He hasn’t gotten over the first three.

    • ICreatedThisJustToReplyToRufus

      it was actually supposed to be a “turf fee” or something. probably just some losers who don’t like white people.

  • OscarDiggs

    i don’t see how these stories differ in any way. seems like the same story told twice to me. i believe it happened just like he said.

  • i AN LEGEND

    I care deeply about this

  • The Flobbit

    That man is a hero to society. Let this anonymous Hong Kong resident be the poster boy for a new movement where ordinary men and women assault Michael Bay with air conditioning units.

    • Hey…HEY!

      Coool off, Mistah Bay!

    • MJ

      Actually, that reminds me of something creepy about Hong Kong. I could never get over all of these 40 to 50 story apartment buildings with fracking window air conditioners hanging out of windows…yea, like 50 stories up in the air, no kidding!

      • The Flobbit

        So you’ve been to Hong Kong? So have I. Well, yeah, that’s how all of China is – the air cons are on the outsides of the building.

  • The Flobbit

    That man is a hero to society. Let this anonymous Hong Kong resident be the poster boy for a new movement where ordinary men and women assault Michael Bay with air conditioning units.

  • The Flobbit

    Also, I love how Michael Bay presents himself to be some sort of action hero badass:
    “I ducked, threw the air unit on the floor and pushed him away.”

    I imagine that in his mind it played out like this:
    Air unit swinging towards him in slow motion, he ducks, then we ramp up to normal speed. Bay does a karate kick to the man’s hand, grabs the air unit and throws it to the ground, where it explodes, propelling all involved 15 feet forwards. The man gets up, dazed, and Bay gets up, looks at the man and begins running for him with all his might. Bay collides with the man and sends him flying. He stands tall as the unit reexplodes behind him, as security swarm to subdue the man.

    • Spanky

      Did you notice on the 2nd telling he grabbed the guy by the throat instead of pushing him away as he said in the first telling? Playing it up he is!

      • Werefon

        In first telling there were a few guys. He went all Biblical with the storytelling this time)

    • Spanky

      Did you notice on the 2nd telling he grabbed the guy by the throat instead of pushing him away as he said in the first telling? Playing it up he is!

    • Werefon

      You forgot about him dying and getting powered up each time he was defeated. He probably put that air conditioner on his back and it turned into Jet Pack, Fly Over in turning motion and fired Bazuka. And then SAS take that guy away. That’s Right. It’s real.

      • The Flobbit

        Perhaps he transformed into a 6’7 giant metal mecha, and began to pummel the man with a nearby tripod.

      • Werefon

        He did, then SAS guys took that guy away from Yhe Dragon Master.

      • Werefon

        He did, then SAS guys took that guy away from Yhe Dragon Master.

  • DEADP00L

    Wow this read…I am soooo enlightened now that I will fork over my cash to watch trash mash on screen with booms.

    Seriously?

    NO!

  • DEADP00L

    Wow this read…I am soooo enlightened now that I will fork over my cash to watch trash mash on screen with booms.

    Seriously?

    NO!

  • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley

    Spielberg, the superior intellect, would of realized that Wang just wanted to be in the picture, and given him a throw away part. Problem solved, no swat team needed.

  • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley

    Spielberg, the superior intellect, would of realized that Wang just wanted to be in the picture, and given him a throw away part. Problem solved, no swat team needed.

  • http://twitter.com/historiarevista pedro

    This can be a good short film. I dont know if they have a transformer who turns into the air conditioner but this is very good without this much fx

    • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley

      “transformer who turns into the air conditioner” LMAO

      • Werefon

        The thing is that they might really consider it. one turned into a fax machine, other into toy car, so…

    • http://www.michaelpshipley.com/ Michael P. Shipley

      “transformer who turns into the air conditioner” LMAO

  • http://twitter.com/historiarevista pedro

    This can be a good short film. I dont know if they have a transformer who turns into the air conditioner but this is very good without this much fx

  • Mikey

    I live in Hong Kong and I can vouch for those 72 that H.K. people are not like that guy. Hong Kong chinks love white flesh. They love sucking and licking white ass and balls. Anything that is made of white flesh and has blond hair, they go crazy for it, even if that white flesh is the scum of the earth, i mean they don’t care, it’s WHITE HUMAN BEING in their midst, they’ll love it. They’ll love it even more if they get a chance to talk to that WHITE being and they will do anything to please that white human being. Of course, once in a while there will be some punk (most likely from mainland China or has a inherited hatred for the WHITE HUMAN BEING) that will not like the very presence of a white flesh. But that same person will have even little tolerance for anything other than Yellow or White flesh, black, brown, red, blue, none of those get respect.

    Or maybe that punk was just pissed at the last 3 Transformers and thought he’d take up the task to save humanity from enduring another transformers movie. Too bad he was up against Michael “EXPLOSIONS” Bay.

  • Mikey

    I live in Hong Kong and I can vouch for those 72 that H.K. people are not like that guy. Hong Kong chinks love white flesh. They love sucking and licking white ass and balls. Anything that is made of white flesh and has blond hair, they go crazy for it, even if that white flesh is the scum of the earth, i mean they don’t care, it’s WHITE HUMAN BEING in their midst, they’ll love it. They’ll love it even more if they get a chance to talk to that WHITE being and they will do anything to please that white human being. Of course, once in a while there will be some punk (most likely from mainland China or has a inherited hatred for the WHITE HUMAN BEING) that will not like the very presence of a white flesh. But that same person will have even little tolerance for anything other than Yellow or White flesh, black, brown, red, blue, none of those get respect.

    Or maybe that punk was just pissed at the last 3 Transformers and thought he’d take up the task to save humanity from enduring another transformers movie. Too bad he was up against Michael “EXPLOSIONS” Bay.

    • Werefon

      Too Bad they don’t like Racist Punks.

    • MJ

      Yea, sure you live in Hong Kong. Of course you do.

      Here’s the real deal on you. You live in a trailer park or with mom and dad still, and you work part time at some depressing no-skills-needed job, and spend your free time surfing porn, downing six picks, and trolling on the internet where you can pretend you are Mr. foul-mouth big shot. Did I miss anything?

  • milo

    Is this thing really over 2.5 hours? Why? Just why?

    Whether you love or hate these movies, it’s hard to imagine being that long working to its benefit. It’s not like it’s going to be over two hours of action/robot scenes, and have any of the non-action scenes been any good in a transformers movie?

  • milo

    Is this thing really over 2.5 hours? Why? Just why?

    Whether you love or hate these movies, it’s hard to imagine being that long working to its benefit. It’s not like it’s going to be over two hours of action/robot scenes, and have any of the non-action scenes been any good in a transformers movie?

  • Werefon

    I still remember video of Uwe Boll chalenging him to Boxing Match.
    If Bay agreed it could’ve been the most interesting stuff his done after The Rock and Island.

  • Werefon

    Once I was attacked by Cyborg-Ninjas. They started throwing shurikens at me and I ducked, did a salto and landed behind Leader Cyborg-Ninja, grab his head and smashed it against the wall. Other Ninjas were distracted by my fast hand-jerking movements. And their heads exploded.

    WHAT?!! That’s still more realistic story than the one Bay told.

  • MJ

    It was probably some Bay haters on this site that attacked him.

  • http://jamescameron.god James Cameron

    I just realized that Michael Bay is the real life Mac from Always Sunny.

  • TJW

    you tell them tit

  • http://www.cinefiloz.com/ Emmanuel Baez

    Behind the scenes trivia > All Transformers movies combined.

  • NephewOfAnarchy

    Tit’s a fan of Michael Bay, Michael Bay’s a fan of tits.

  • DEADP00L

    Because publicity wise they literally have NOTHING that is remotely interesting about this installment. So they are desperate at this point relying on news months old to try and keep interest in the movie – which isn’t working. Since apparently people don’t actually have short attention spans or amnesia.

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