Transformers 4 Video, Photos: Optimus Prime Under Attack Near Adrian
While massive set construction continues in downtown Detroit for director Michael Bay's "Transformers 4," filming is under way with Mark Wahlberg and flashy vehicles in Fairfield Township, a Lenawee County farming community about 70 miles southwest of Detroit.
Jeremy Sell of nearby Palmyra Township snapped the action a few days ago as a colorfully painted Western Star truck, an Autobot character named Optimus Prime, drove through special effect explosions on M-52.
Sell also caught a close-up of this low-slung Lamborghini Aventador model heading to or from the shooting site.
He posted a 40-photo Facebook album that has been shared more than 500 times. The local film buff credits his access past police barricades to patience, knowing "secret back roads" and developing a rapport with crew members. He explains on Facebook:
I ignored the cops until they settled down. Honestly, the security was pretty laid-back.
At first the sheriff's deputies were chasing people back from M-52, but before long they gave up and you could get in close.
The Paramount producers and security didn't seem to care. I shot the shit with a production assistant, a security guard, and a guy in charge of moving Optimus Prime around.
The shoot included everything you’d expect from the Michael Bay franchise – pyrotechnics, car crashes, a chase scene, Optimus Prime, Hound, a Lamborghini, Jack Raynor and, most importantly, Mark Wahlberg!
Shooting resumes Monday and Tuesday on M-52, according to the Adrian Daily Telegram, which says two miles will be closed.