Jason Momoa weighs in after receiving criticism on social media for his recent trip to the Sistine Chapel.
Momoa, who was in Italy to film his role in Universal Pictures Fast X opposite Vin Diesel, earlier this week posted photos and footage to Instagram of himself visiting the famous chapel in Vatican City. After some social media users commented that visitors are usually forbidden from taking photos of the room, sacred to Catholics and home to Michelangelo’s priceless artwork, Momoa shared a video of himself apologizing on Saturday.
In the clip that Aquaman Star said, “If you’ve ever felt like I didn’t respect your culture, that wasn’t my intention.” He explained that he decided to use a few days off from filming the film, so made a cash donation and arranged a visit for himself, along with friends and crew members from the new part of the film Fast and Furious Franchise. He said other guests in the chapel then asked for photos with him, so he complied.
“I found people wanting to take pictures with me, which is very strange during a trip to the Vatican with all its splendor, and they wanted to take pictures with me, which I don’t understand, but whatever, I did it. ‘ Momoa continued. “I was very respectful and asked permission – which I think would be fine. I would never want to do anything to disrespect someone’s culture, so I apologize if I do. It was not my intention.”
He added: “I definitely paid for this private moment and made a nice donation to the church. I love you – sorry if I offended you. Excuse me.”
Momoa’s team did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
At another point during the video, the actor said he was leaving Rome after filming there and other parts of Italy Fast X. Describing it as “the time of my life,” he added, “I’m so lucky to be working for Universal and of course Vin and the whole crew chose me.”