Filming Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 in Hong Kong led to a reality show, acts of air-conditioner violence, and now, blackmail and zombie-biting. Two Hong Kong brothers are facing trial for attempting to blackmail the Transformers crew, and oh hey, they’re also connected to the air-conditioner attack.
According to the South China Morning Post, the incident began when a member of the film crew offered the brothers HK$800 (624 yuan) as compensation for filming near their business. The elder brother, Mak Chi-hang, upped the ante to HK$1000, and the crew agreed. Not satisfied with a piddling grand, younger brother Mak Chi-shing demanded HK$2000 and then things just got weird.
The film crew came back to discuss the HK$2,000 deal, when smooth operator Mak Chi-shing decided to go for broke and demand HK$100,000 (78,000 yuan). At that point, the air-conditioner fighting and zombie bites were pretty much inevitable, as SCMP reports:
Cheung [a member of the film crew] offered HK$5,000 but the brothers rejected it.
Five to six men later arrived and talked to the two brothers. The Maks then moved bricks out of the shop to obstruct the crew from filming.
Police was called in to handle a “nuisance” case, the court heard.
“Later, the second defendant [the elder brother] placed an air-conditioning unit on his shoulder and threw it towards film director Michael Bay,” the prosecutor said. […]
Prosecutors said in the opening that the elder brother threw an “air-conditioning unit” towards Bay after the crew refused to pay the money demanded.
It was reported that after that incident Bay wrote on his Facebook page that “the guy tried to bite like a zombie from World War Z”.
Well that escalated quickly. The brothers have pled “not guilty” to charges of extortion, but our money is on the guy with millions of dollars and giant alien robots.
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