Director Michael Bay Attacked on the Set of 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'

Two brothers demanded that the director pay them just under $13,000. Paramount reports that the filmmaker wasn't injured.

Paramount clarifies Michael Bay attack on the Transformers: Age of Extinction set
Paramount clarifies Michael Bay attack on the Transformers: Age of Extinction set
Director Michael Bay was assaulted on the Hong Kong set of Transformers: Age of Extinction, after he was approached by two brothers who tried to extort money out of him.

Two brothers with the surname Mak, 27 and 28, demanded that they be paid HK$100,000, the equivalent of $12,900 in US dollars. During their discussion in a busy area of downtown Hong Kong, the older Mak brother came at the director. He also then tackled by three police officers who tried to intervene. The younger brother was arrested on suspicion of blackmail and assault charges, while the older Mak was arrested for assault. It wasn't immediately clear why the brothers asked for the money, but there is speculation that the production is causing them to lose business, and they wanted to be compensated.

Paramount has responded to the story with a statement that claims the director was never struck by the assailant.

"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."

The two brothers and a third man named Chan are currently in police custody.

We reported back in April that Transformers: Age of Extinction will be shot in Hong Kong and other areas of China. Another report from June revealed that the filmmaker plans on "destroying" several Chinese landmarks. Production company Beijing Pangu is financing the shoot in China. Hopefully, an air conditioning unit fight sequence will be written into the screenplay. We want to see that!

Transformers: Age of Extinction was released June 27th, 2014 and stars Nicola Peltz, Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, T.J. Miller, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Jack Reynor. The film is directed by Michael Bay.

Sources: Deadline, Reuters

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Comments (14)

  1. thedude-abides

    @mr-k No doubt. I liked Pearl Harbor, but the rest I would have to agree with. And I knew what I was getting with Pain & Gain, so I wasn't too upset with that one either (it was worth a buck and some change at the redbox), but I would have to agree. Obviously, had he be been seriously injured this would be no laughing matter, but, considering everyone was fine, I think it's pretty hilarious.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  2. Mr.K

    @thedude-abides Lucky bastards. I would love to kick his ass for making me pay to see the last 2 Transformers movies, Pearl Harbor and Pain and Gain, ESPECIALLY Pain and Gain.

    1 year agoby @mr-kFlag

  3. thedude-abides

    Rofl... Those two brothers just lived out every moviegoer's dream.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  4. RyanMoran

    should of paid them bay

    1 year agoby @RyanMoranMitaFlag

  5. Monkeyiron 2.0

    Huh I guess he didn't get the PUNCHline!!

    1 year agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  6. Brizzy

    @Chris-Rathbun He didn't though. I grew up with the Transformers and let me tell you this much: Transformers could NOT have been better while staying true to the cartoon. It couldn't have.
    Pain and Gain however..
    Well, let's say that it took more then a few good actors to make that movie good. Sheesh.
    The actors were brilliant but holy sh*t man.. really?

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  7. Sanchez Pablo

    megan fox in disguise

    1 year agoby @Sanchez-PabloFlag

  8. Chris Rathbun

    I'd attack him too, but not for anything other than RUINING Transformers!

    1 year agoby @Chris-RathbunFlag

  9. Basquat

    I want my money back for pain and gain too

    1 year agoby @basquatFlag

  10. Celestialforthcoming

    huh... well I'll be.

    1 year agoby @CelestialforthcomingFlag

  11. Mka47

    "It wasn't immediately clear why the brothers asked for the money."

    they wanted compensation for the hours of Michael Bay films they paid to see

    1 year agoby @mka47Flag