According to CNN, popular film director Michael Bay was attacked in Hong Kong, while filming the forthcoming “Transformers” movie.
The disagreement came about between Bay, his film crew and street vendors that were partaking in a scene. The vendors demanded that their payment be quadrupled, and when Bay refused, they became violent.
“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,” Bay said in a posting on his website Thursday. “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.
When police arrived on the scene, the men didn’t go down without a fight.
All four men were arrested for assaulting Honk Kong police officers. They had demanded 100,000 Hong Kong dollars, which equals $12,000 American dollars.
“Every vendor where we shot got paid a fair price for our inconvenience, but he wanted four times that amount,” Bay wrote. “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.”
The man returned an hour later, “carrying a long air-conditioner unit,” according to Bay. “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.”