Believe it or not, Michael Bay is actually toning down the action in a widely reported story about the director being accosted by a man wielding an air conditioner as a weapon while shooting Transformers 4 in Hong Kong. How do you even attack someone with an air conditioner? Drop it on him?
Two men, apparently brothers, were arrested in Hong Kong Thursday after coming up to Bay and demanding about $13,000, the New York Times reports. The older brother allegedly attacked three cops, and both were charged with suspicion of assault, with the younger one getting a blackmail charge, too. Local reports said they may have been demanding "disturbance fees" for businesses losing customers because of filming, something Bay confirmed.
But Bay's publicist said reports Bay was hurt weren't true: "Contrary to several erroneous news reports made today, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on set," Gabriela Gutentag said in a statement. "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." She also noted it was actually three men who were arrested.
Bay took to his own blog to put some color on it, and also dispel rumors he had been hurt.
"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," Bay wrote. "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."
He then said it was actually FOUR men who were arrested, so combined with the now seven cops involved, maybe the story is still a bit out of hand.