Michael Bay Attacked By Dudes Trying To Save Us From ‘Transformers 4’

Really, Michael Bay? We’re doing Transformers 4? Is no one satisfied with a trilogy of 150-minute toy-franchise-based summer blockbusters anymore? I find it only fitting that while the director was trying to shoot his latest monstrosity in Hong Kong, two brothers came up to the set and tried to extort $13,000 from him, in return for not attacking production crew with bricks and an air-conditioning unit. That’s about as much money as Bay vacuums out of American pockets every second. Just pay up!

The assailants, which Bay compared to the zombies from World War Z, because he lacks any frame of reference not supplied by bad films, even had a legitimate beef: they worked in the area. All the local vendors, Bay says, were paid a “fair price” for the inconvenience of having Hollywood disrupt their business, but these dudes were demanding four times as much, threatening violence otherwise. After a scuffle, security and some dozen Hong Kong police subdued and arrested them. Sheesh—it’s like Bay has never even heard of “negotiation”!

Sure, you can claim this was an aggressive shakedown, that the guys were drugged to the gills, that they were putting the safety of a lot of people in danger. But if Bay is going to shake us down for $24 to see an IMAX 3D version of his latest schlock, the kind that you have to be drugged to the gills to watch and that will irreparably damage your cognitive abilities, shouldn’t he be languishing in a Hong Kong jail himself? Such a double standard here. Roland Emmerich I’d be willing to give a pass, mind you, but that’s on the strength of Stargate alone.

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