Michael Bay Fights Off Guy Wielding... Air Conditioner

Bizarre attack took place in China

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 17, 2013 2:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Michael Bay's own rep calls it "bizarre": While filming the latest Transformers flick in China today, the director had what the rep describes as "a bizarre encounter with a man (allegedly under the influence of a narcotic substance) who was wielding an air conditioning unit as a weapon." After accosting a few crew members, he swung the AC unit at Bay's head, the New York Times reports. In true action hero style, Bay ducked and then "wrested the air conditioner from his attacker," the rep's statement continues. The suspect and two companions were arrested. Some reports said Bay was injured, but his rep says no one was hurt.

On his website, Bay describes the suspects as "drugged up guys" and "belligerent asses." He says the crew paid local vendors for their inconvenience during filming, but the suspect "wanted four times that amount." After Bay fought him off, security stepped in: "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," Bay writes. "Then it took 15 Hong Kong cops in riot gear to deal with these punks. In all, four guys were arrested for assaulting the officers."

In this June 28, 2011 file photo, executive producer and director Michael Bay attends the Transformers: Dark Of The Moon premiere in Times Square in New York.
In this June 28, 2011 file photo, executive producer and director Michael Bay attends the "Transformers: Dark Of The Moon" premiere in Times Square in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
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