Jason Momoa apologizes after taking photos and videos during a recent trip to the Sistine Chapel.
Earlier this week, the “Aquaman” star took to Instagram to share photos he took of himself admiring the artworks in the Apostolic Palace. The only problem is that photography is prohibited as the flash can be harmful to the artwork.
“I LOVE YOU ITALY, what a great start to our day off enjoying ROMA,” Momoa captioned his post. Fans were outraged and some even believed the 42-year-old actor was getting special treatment.
“We ordinary people are not allowed to film in the Sistine Chapel,” one user commented. Another fan said: “We can’t take pictures, but celebrities can’t have anything against Jason (I love him), but it’s not fair.”
After Momoa received the response, he released an apology video shared by Just Jared.
“I just wanted to say that if you’ve ever felt like I disrespected your culture, I didn’t mean to,” Momoa said.
“I came here when I was 19 or 20 to experience the Sistine Chapel. I’ve always wanted it and now that I can, I made a great donation to take my friends and crew along as we only had a few days off to experience these places.”
He continued: “And then I found that people wanted to take pictures with me, which is very strange, during a trip to the Vatican with all this wonder and they want to take pictures with me, which I don’t get, but anyway, I did.
“I was very respectful and asked for permission of what I thought would be right. I would never want to do anything that disrespects someone’s culture. If I did, I apologise. It was not my intention. I paid to have that private moment and made a nice donation to the church. I love you. I’m sorry if I offended you.”
In addition to seeing historic sites while in Italy, Momoa has been shooting for his upcoming movie ‘Fast X’. It is the sequel to “F9” and is the 10th main installment in the “Fast & Furious” franchise.
The film – which also stars Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, Sung Kang and John Cena – has a release date in May 2023.