Michael Bay attacked in Hong Kong

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“Transformers: Age of Extinction” director on the Hong Kong set of the film — shortly after a man attempted to attack him with an air conditioner.

Filmmaker Michael Bay — who spent several months directing his four “Transformers” film in Chicago this summer — was attacked Thursday as he continues shooting “Transformers: Age of Extinction” in Hong Kong.

Frankly, if things had gone differently, Bay himself could have been extinct.

In a statement released by Paramount, the film’s production and distribution company, an allegedly drunk man approached Bay on the film’s set “wielding an air conditioner as a weapon.”

Clearly that guy must have been Transformers-sized!

The agile Bay ducked, grabbed the cooling unit and stepped aside as security guards grabbed the man and his two associates. Police were on the scene and quickly arrested the three men and filming immediately resumed.

A source on the production team told me the unnamed man — who tried to crush Bay with that air conditioner — had “supposedly been hanging out around the set and had made oddly insulting comments to some of our crew members, but they [the crew members] didn’t take it as being aggressive or dangerous, or they would have reported him immediately to security.”

Considering how much fun Bay had in Chicago this summer — a frequently exuberant visitor to Our Town’s hottest clubs and restaurants — it’s likely the filmmaker wishes he was back here on Thursday, rather than fighting-off an air conditioner-wielding assailant in Hong Kong!

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