Michael Bay is known for his movies’ over-the-top fight scenes, but on Thursday, the director was forced to leap into action in real life.
Bay narrowly avoided an assault from an attacker where he was busy filming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” in Hong Kong.
Though Paramount confirmed that the incident had taken place, the studio quashed reports that the director had been injured, according to Deadline.
“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 statement reads.
The man had reportedly “accosted” other members of the crew before swinging an air conditioning unit at Bay.
“The director ducked and wrested the air conditioner from his attacker, preventing what could have been a serious incident,” the statement goes on to say.
While three men, including the assailant, were arrested, the crew is off to a rocky start in Hong Kong, as this was their first day of production there after shooting scenes in the U.S. earlier this year.