A movie set can be a dangerous place, especially one with tons of special effect explosions and huge vehicles moving at break neck speeds like the Transformers: Age of Extinction Hong Kong set. What you don’t expect is director Michael Bay getting jumped and pounded on with all the security around him.Bay was injured Thursday when he was attacked by a man with the surname Mak. That’s the current Hong Kong Police information available to the public. Apparently, two brothers, the Mak brothers, approached Bay demanding payment of $100,000 HK, that’s about $12,000 American dollars.
The reason the brothers demanded the money has not been released at this time, but the situation escalated quickly when the older of the two physically attacked Bay and then fought with the three policemen who quickly stepped in to stop the attack.
The younger Mak brother was arrested for blackmail and assault, the elder Mak brother was arrested for assault. The police also arrested another man with the surname Chan at the same time, but the reasons for that arrest were not announced.
The three police officers, and the younger Mak brother, who said he didn’t feel well, were taken to the local medical facility for minor medical treatment. Bay declined treatment, he was said to have sustained injuries to the right side of his face, but the police spokeswoman said the injuries were not serious.
Once the dust settled, Bay returned to work and filming resumed on set. Bay has not made a public statement and so far there haven’t been any pictures of the incident made public yet.
With all the other on set phone images and videos that get leaked out, there has to be some pictures and video of this somewhere. When it hits the Internet we’ll bring it to you.
Paramount released the following statement about the incident:
Director Michael Bay and the cast and crew of “Transformers: Age of Extinction” completed their first day of production in Hong Kong today October 17, 2013, after four and a half months of filming in Arizona, Utah, Texas, Michigan, Illinois and Washington state since late May.
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 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 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.
Assault by air conditioner. That’s a new one. I’d really like to see Bay work that into the movie now. One of the Transformers could rip out one of those huge building HVAC units and hurl it at the bad guys.
***Updated Update of the latest Update***
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. On 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. The place could be better.