Critically injured Transformers 3 extra was paid $25 to let Michael Bay destroy her car
Although Michael Bay has earned accolades for being firmly on the side of “against drowning puppies,” he’s currently under fire himself for his own questionable treatment of film extras: Today Deadline fills in the details of some earlier reports on 24-year-old Gabriella Cedillo’s recent critical injury on the Indiana set of Transformers 3, a mishap that also involved the destruction of her own personal car—which, like many other extras, she was reportedly paid $25 to use. For that small sum (and also, you know, for art), Cedillo allowed her Toyota to be strapped to a tow-rig for a scene “involving multiple vehicles and drivers and flying cars,“ during which a steel cable broke and smashed through her windshield, cutting her across the head. The car then sped away, hitting a concrete median wall, which it scraped along for about a mile. Cedillo got out of surgery yesterday and remains in stable condition; state police are currently investigating. Representatives for the film have yet to respond—though Deadline’s “informant” on set warns that “somebody’s head [is] gonna roll over this one” (which is certainly unfortunate phrasing).