Someone in Hong Kong must really want to prevent Transformers 4 from happening. A man believed to be under the influence of drugs attempted to smash director Michael Bay's head in on Thursday using an air conditioner. The air conditioner was of the household variety, not a Decepticon. This went down on the set of the new Transformers.
Initial reports stated that Bay was actually hit in the face with an air conditioner and was injured, but according to a statement made by Paramount, that isn't exactly what happened.
“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.”
You can breathe now. Bay wasn't injured and the filming of Transformers 4 will go on.
To make the situation even stranger, another report that surfaced today said the air conditioner attack occurred while a couple of people in Hong Kong were trying to shakedown Bay. Two men wanted Bay to fork over around $12,000 since the filming was deemed to be an "inconvenience."
Michael Bay posted about the incident on his personal blog and Twitter. Bay jokingly described the attacker as being like a "Zombie in Brad Pitt’s movie World War Z." It's good to see that Bay is making light of the incident because that means it's free game for the rest of us.
— Michael Bay Dot Com (@S4TE) October 17, 2013
Now that it has been established that Transformers director Michael Bay is unharmed, a lot of folks on Twitter have decided to have fun with the attack. After all, it isn't every day that you hear about someone attacking a director with a household appliance.
Michael Bay was assaulted with an AIR CONDITIONER which makes me wonder if he was directing the attack.
— Auragasmic (@Auragasmic) October 17, 2013
but really, who among us didn't want to attack michael bay with a heavy appliance after seeing transformers 2
— bath (@youneedabath) October 17, 2013
— John S Christensen (@JasperSailfin) October 17, 2013
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