First reports came out of the set of Transformers 4 in Hong Kong that Michael Bay got beat up on the set of his own movie by a couple Chinese brothers who shook him down for cash. I think one of the brothers couldn’t be drowned and the other couldn’t be beheaded or some shit like that. The tale of Michael Bay being beat down got around fast. So it took some time before Michael could respond via a P.R. rep to the New York Times with his own accounting of the mugging:
“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.”
So, there you have it. Michael Bay didn’t get beat up like the news outlets reported, he actually went all Optimus Prime on a drug addicted Megatron, snagging the air conditioning unit, and saving the day. Pretty fucking heroic really. Also in Michael Bay’s accounting, the bad guy was of alien origin, which quickly pissed off a ton of fat dudes living in their parents’ basements.
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