Someone Tried To Beat Up Michael Bay in Hong Kong [Update]

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Earlier today, director Michael Bay was attacked on the streets of Hong Kong, where he is filming Transformers 4.

According to Reuters and Chinese reports, two brothers, both in their late 20s and both surnamed Mak, appeared on set and demanded HK$100,000 ($12,900).

The elder brother then attacked Bay as well as three police officers who tried to stop the assault. Bay was injured on the right side of his face, but did not seek treatment as he didn't think it was serious. Instead, he continued filming.

Illustration for article titled Someone Tried To Beat Up Michael Bay in Hong Kong [Update]

The three officers suffered minor injuries, which were treated at a local hospital.

It's unclear what prompted the attack, but the BBC reports that it might be over fees paid to local shops whose business might be impacted during the shoot. Both men were arrested on suspicion of assault and blackmail. A third man who was with the brothers was also arrested.

Update: Bay has commented on his personal blog (via Deadline):

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.


Transformers 4 director Michael Bay attacked on set in Hong Kong [DNA Thanks, Jason!]

Transformers director Michael Bay attacked in Hong Kong [BBC]

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Seems like they couldn't keep their anger... at bay.