Update: Michael Bay's publicist issued a correction about the initial reports. And even though it makes no mention of money, it's still somehow an even stranger story:
"Contrary to several erroneous news reports, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on his set. The production company did have a rather bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as his weapon of choice.
"The young man, who had earlier accosted several other crew members, barreled onto the set in Quarry Bay and swung the cumbersome appliance 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."
Previously: Filmmaker Michael Bay has managed to outrage fans to the point where they'd like to punch him in the face (the vitriol over his company's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot being the most recent example), but he's always been able to avoid his detractors actually popping him in the jaw. That changed yesterday.
The director was in Hong Kong, hard at work on his newest Transformers movie, when he was accosted by two local brothers. The siblings demanded roughly $13,000 dollars from Bay, but when he declined, he was punched in the face. We've heard of wanting your money back after watching a bad movie, but this is the first time we've seen someone shake down the director personally.
Local police intervened, and eventually the criminals were arrested, but not before Bay had suffered some minor injuries to his face. Ever the trooper, Bay declined to go to the hospital and continued shooting. If he'd had to stop shooting for the day, it probably would have been cheaper to just hand over the 13 grand.
It does make you wonder how this happened, though. Getting next to a director of Bay's stature on a Hollywood shoot should be impossible, even if it's in a place like Hong Kong. Clearly, someone in the security department was asleep at the wheel this time, but it's good news to learn that no one was seriously hurt.
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