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Paramount and Michael Bay issue statements regarding the Air Conditioning/Zombie attack on the Hong Kong set of Transformers: Age of Extinction

2 years agoby:

An incident took place today on the Hong Kong set of TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION that has resulted in quite a bit of rumor and miscommunication in the media. The story started as the headline that Michael Bay was beat up while filming the movie. That was later clarified to reflect an "incident" had occurred but that Bay was not injured and the situation is under control. What we do know is that filming was briefly interrupted but has since gone back to normal.

We here at JoBlo.com would rather inform you of the actual news based on the statements from those in the know. If more information comes to light, we will definitely let you know. Paramount issued the following statement about what happened:

“Contrary to several erroneous news reports made today, Bay did not get hurt in a fight on set,” said Paramount. “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.”

And Bay issued his own response that is not quite as politically correct:

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.

Then it took fifteen Hong Kong cops in riot gear to deal with these punks. In all, four guys were arrested for assaulting the officers.

After that, we had a great day shooting here in Hong Kong.

While Bay may have his detractors, no one should wish actual physical harm on the man. I am sure incidents like this happen to film crews around the world all the time. When you are shooting your movie in countries outside of your own, you are bound to encounter some people who are not as friendly as others. I would like to think most are civilized to visitors and patrons of their businesses, but there are assholes everywhere in the world.

TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey Grammer, T. J. Miller, Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing, Stanley Tucci, Han Geng, and Titus Welliver opens June 27, 2014.

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10:57PM on 10/17/2013

"Thank god it was an Air Max..."

Even his press statements have product placement...
Even his press statements have product placement...
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4:16PM on 10/17/2013
I am not saying I'd wish violence upon anybody... but if an air-conditioner to the head is the only way to get Bay to stop making movies... well, I mean... I guess that is what I'm saying.
I am not saying I'd wish violence upon anybody... but if an air-conditioner to the head is the only way to get Bay to stop making movies... well, I mean... I guess that is what I'm saying.
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6:08PM on 10/17/2013
"...a bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon..."

That Shia LaBoeuf kid can be such a jerk sometimes.
"...a bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon..."

That Shia LaBoeuf kid can be such a jerk sometimes.
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4:39PM on 10/17/2013

Darn Chinese-made air conditioners

If it were American-made, the job'd be DONE.
If it were American-made, the job'd be DONE.
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3:03AM on 10/18/2013

Buy Nike

Bay can't even make a simple statement without product placement.
Bay can't even make a simple statement without product placement.
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3:40PM on 10/17/2013

Impressive

So Michael Bay even puts product placement in his depositions. I guess he can't ever turn off the salesman persona. Glad everyone is, generally, alright - seems like he might've learned a thing or two from all the action movies he's been involved with.
So Michael Bay even puts product placement in his depositions. I guess he can't ever turn off the salesman persona. Glad everyone is, generally, alright - seems like he might've learned a thing or two from all the action movies he's been involved with.
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9:25PM on 10/17/2013
And the the air-conditioning unit transformed into a friendly autobot and saved Bay's life.
And the the air-conditioning unit transformed into a friendly autobot and saved Bay's life.
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9:36PM on 10/17/2013
Maybe it's Air-ial Bot, get it? Hehe.
Maybe it's Air-ial Bot, get it? Hehe.
11:40PM on 10/17/2013
Good one Netforce.
Good one Netforce.
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6:05PM on 10/17/2013
I want that Chinese news station to make a cgi news video of this asap
I want that Chinese news station to make a cgi news video of this asap
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11:24PM on 10/17/2013
Honestly it would take more than an air conditioning unit to take down the man who's literally taken down buildings! Glad to hear Bay's okay...I just may...eat some hay...
Honestly it would take more than an air conditioning unit to take down the man who's literally taken down buildings! Glad to hear Bay's okay...I just may...eat some hay...
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7:09PM on 10/17/2013
Bay should get a new security team.
Bay should get a new security team.
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8:00PM on 10/17/2013
Of course a stranger carrying an A/C unit can walk right up to the director of a billion dollar film...yah not buying this for a minute, then Bay by himself disarms the guy while it takes 7 plus men to stop him....right.
I know he likes to inflate his ego but come on this is a terribly thin attempt to garner press for the movie.
Of course a stranger carrying an A/C unit can walk right up to the director of a billion dollar film...yah not buying this for a minute, then Bay by himself disarms the guy while it takes 7 plus men to stop him....right.
I know he likes to inflate his ego but come on this is a terribly thin attempt to garner press for the movie.
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9:04PM on 10/17/2013
Your username is very fitting for your comment.
Your username is very fitting for your comment.
10:58PM on 10/17/2013
With China, who knows. They were shooting amid vendors, so who knows how accurate it is. It's certainly a bizarre story. Even if it's made up, I'm not sure they would think up someone attacking them with an air conditioner.
With China, who knows. They were shooting amid vendors, so who knows how accurate it is. It's certainly a bizarre story. Even if it's made up, I'm not sure they would think up someone attacking them with an air conditioner.
7:58AM on 10/18/2013
So let this be a lesson to everyone out there. You can easily run onto Bays set and smack him in the face before anyone will tackle you.
So let this be a lesson to everyone out there. You can easily run onto Bays set and smack him in the face before anyone will tackle you.
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8:56AM on 10/21/2013
That sucks but where was Wahlberg? I wonder if he'd let this stand. I live in an area with a film school so it's not uncommon to see kids filming stuff for school (verrrry low-budget) and my favorite thing to do is yell "cut." I think I stole that from Tina Fey but I did do it on one big budget movie while in NYC, and it worked
That sucks but where was Wahlberg? I wonder if he'd let this stand. I live in an area with a film school so it's not uncommon to see kids filming stuff for school (verrrry low-budget) and my favorite thing to do is yell "cut." I think I stole that from Tina Fey but I did do it on one big budget movie while in NYC, and it worked
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3:55PM on 10/17/2013
And then Hong Kong exploded...
And then Hong Kong exploded...
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10:46PM on 10/17/2013
Wow. People in Hong Kong must really like their Ninja Turtles.
Wow. People in Hong Kong must really like their Ninja Turtles.
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10:57PM on 10/17/2013
Or just really hate Michael Bay.
Or just really hate Michael Bay.
11:18AM on 10/18/2013

These men should be recognized as HEROES!

Unfortunately they did not succeed in their endeavor to avenge the rape of my childhood by the man known as Michael Bay. But even slowing down Bay from making any more sh*tty movies is a job well done. Crazy AC Attackers unite and avenge your brothers!!
Unfortunately they did not succeed in their endeavor to avenge the rape of my childhood by the man known as Michael Bay. But even slowing down Bay from making any more sh*tty movies is a job well done. Crazy AC Attackers unite and avenge your brothers!!
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3:36PM on 10/17/2013
I want a short film reenactment about this immediately.
I want a short film reenactment about this immediately.
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3:43PM on 10/17/2013
I can see there being massive explosions everywhere during that reenactment.
I can see there being massive explosions everywhere during that reenactment.
3:51PM on 10/17/2013
And lens flairs, don't forget the lens flairs!
And lens flairs, don't forget the lens flairs!
3:28PM on 10/17/2013
That is ....AWESOME!
That is ....AWESOME!
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4:13PM on 10/17/2013

Mannn....

SNL or Key and Peele need to make this a skit ASAP... Hell it even sounds like a great south park episode. Hilarious.
SNL or Key and Peele need to make this a skit ASAP... Hell it even sounds like a great south park episode. Hilarious.
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