‘Aquaman’ star Jason Momoa has taken to Instagram to apologize for taking pictures in the Sistine Chapel – posting a sweaty, shirtless workout video.
Momoa, 42, is currently in Rome filming ‘Fast X’, the 10th installment in the ‘Fast & Furious’ film saga. The actor posted snaps of himself under Michelangelo’s famous paintings that adorn the walls and ceilings of the chapel on May 9. In the caption, he wrote: “I LOVE YOU ITALY, what a beautiful start to the day enjoying ROMA”.
But disgruntled fans were quick to point out in the comments that visitors are generally prohibited from taking photos or videos in the chapel, located in Vatican City.
On Saturday, Momoa posted another video in which he addressed the controversy – after a brief workout.
“It’s my last day in Rome, and I love you and Italy,” he said after putting the weights down. “If you ever thought I was disrespecting your culture, that was not my intention.”
He mentioned that he had already visited the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel when he was 19 or 20 years old. For the current trip, he made a “donation” so that his friends and film crew members could join him during their filming days. “Quick X”.
“I found people really wanted to take pictures with me,” he said. “I was very respectful and asked permission for what I thought was okay. I would never want to do anything to disrespect someone’s culture. So if I did, I’m sorry. excuse.
“I definitely paid to have this private moment and made a beautiful donation to the church,” he added.
The apology video had reached nearly 3 million views by Sunday morning.