Jason Momoa apologises after taking ‘banned’ pictures inside the Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel


‘If you ever felt that I disrespected your culture, it wasn’t my intention’: Jason Momoa apologises to fans after taking ‘banned’ pictures inside the Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel

  • Jason posted pictures pictures from inside the building on Instagram this week and received but faced backlash as the public are not usually allowed cameras
  • ‘We, regular people, are not allowed to film inside the Sistine chapel,’ wrote one follower
  • He has since apologised, saying he gave a donation to the church so he and his friends could have a private moment inside
  • Jason has been busy filming in the Italian capital of Rome for the upcoming Fast And Furious 10: Fast X

Jason Momoa has apologised after he was criticised by fans for taking pictures inside Sistine Chapel during a recent outing to the Vatican City.

The actor, 42, has been in Rome, which surrounds the city-state of the Vatican, filming for the upcoming Fast And Furious 10: Fast X movie and took some time out to take his friends and the crew of the film for a private viewing of the chapel.

However, after posting pictures from inside the building on Instagram this week, he received critical comments from fans who pointed out the public are not able to take pictures inside usually, with one writing: ‘We, regular people, are not allowed to film inside the Sistine chapel,’ prompting him to apologise.

Controversial: Jason Momoa, 42, has apologised after he was criticised by fans for taking pictures inside Sistine Chapel during a recent outing to the Vatican City

Controversial: Jason Momoa, 42, has apologised after he was criticised by fans for taking pictures inside Sistine Chapel during a recent outing to the Vatican City

He told Just Jared: ‘I just also wanted to say, if you ever felt that I disrespected your culture, it wasn’t my intention. 

‘I came here when I was 19 or 20 to experience the Sistine Chapel. I’ve always wanted to and now that I can, I gave a wonderful donation to bring my friends and crew because we only had a couple days off to experience these places. 

‘And then I found people wanted to take pictures with me, which is very odd, during a trip to the Vatican with all this wonder and they want to take pictures with me, which I don’t get, but regardless, I did. 

Movie maker: The actor has been in Rome, which surrounds the city-state of the Vatican, filming for the upcoming Fast And Furious 10: Fast X movie

Movie maker: The actor has been in Rome, which surrounds the city-state of the Vatican, filming for the upcoming Fast And Furious 10: Fast X movie

Out and about: He took some time out to take his friends and the crew of the film for a private viewing of the chapel

 Out and about: He took some time out to take his friends and the crew of the film for a private viewing of the chapel

Jason went on to say he never wanted to disrespect anyone’s culture and apologised if that had happened.

The actor concluded his apology by saying he had paid to have the private tour and also gave a ‘nice donation to the church’.

After seeing Jason’s pictures, a number of his Instagram followers took to the site to leave comments.

‘They allowed you to take pictures of the Sistine Chapel??? Wow ! Enjoy Italy,’ wrote one person.

‘We, regular people, are not allowed to film inside the Sistine chapel,’ posted another.

Unimpressed: After posting pictures from inside the building on Instagram this week, one fan wrote: 'We, regular people, are not allowed to film inside the Sistine chapel'

Unimpressed: After posting pictures from inside the building on Instagram this week, one fan wrote: ‘We, regular people, are not allowed to film inside the Sistine chapel’

‘All I remember about that place was ‘no photos please’,’ shared someone else.

Another person posted: ‘We can’t take pics but ofc celebrities can. Nothing against Jason ( I adore him) but it’s not fair.’

While someone else wrote: ‘So they let the rich and famous film in there but us peasants can’t. It’s amazing that place jason. Enjoy every second of Rome. It’s nearly as good as Manchester x.’

Seeing the sights: Another follower wrote: 'So they let the rich and famous film in there but us peasants can¿t'

Seeing the sights: Another follower wrote: ‘So they let the rich and famous film in there but us peasants can’t’

Jason has been busy filming in the Italian capital of Rome for the upcoming Fast And Furious 10: Fast X.

He is set to play a villain in the 10th instalment of the movie franchise.

Speaking about his role to Entertainment Tonight, Jason said: ‘It’s fun, I get to play the bad guy, which I haven’t gotten to do for a while. 

‘Now, I get to be the bad boy. A very flamboyant bad boy. A little panache!’  

Movie magic: Jason has been busy filming in the Italian capital of Rome for the upcoming Fast And Furious 10: Fast X

Movie magic: Jason has been busy filming in the Italian capital of Rome for the upcoming Fast And Furious 10: Fast X

At the same time, Jason shared his excitement of working with Charlize Theron, confirming her return to the films as villainess Cipher.

He said: ‘I get to shoot with some really cool people that I have never — I get to work with Charlize [Theron] first up, which I’m really excited about. But yeah, I’m excited I’m working with Vin. I’m excited I’m working with Charlize.’ 

Fans awaiting one of the last instalments of the franchise will have to wait just a little bit longer, with Fast & Furious 10 getting pushed into the Summer 2023 movie season.  

F9 took in just over $173 million domestic (fourth-highest domestic gross of 2021) and $726.2 million worldwide from an estimated $200 million budget.

Professional: Speaking about his role to Entertainment Tonight , Jason said: 'It's fun, I get to play the bad guy, which I haven't gotten to do for a while'

Professional: Speaking about his role to Entertainment Tonight , Jason said: ‘It’s fun, I get to play the bad guy, which I haven’t gotten to do for a while’

While those numbers are in roughly the middle of the pack for the entire franchise, during a normal movie-going climate, those numbers during COVID were quite impressive. 

Justin Lin, who directed F9 and several other films in the franchise, will return to direct, with stars such as Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michelle Rodriguez and Ludacris returning alongside Jason and Oscar winner Charlize.  

No plot details have been revealed for this sequel, though star-producer Vin Diesel made headlines in November when he asked former co-star Dwayne Johnson to return for an ‘important’ role in Fast 10.

Johnson debuted as Luke Hobbs in Fast Five, helping the franchise reach new heights at the box office, though tension between the two escalated on the set of 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.

They haven’t worked together since, with Johnson’s character getting spun off into a new adventure, 2019’s Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, with Jason Statham.

Co-stars: No plot details have been revealed for this sequel, though star-producer Vin Diesel made headlines in November when he asked former co-star Dwayne Johnson (R) to return for an 'important' role in Fast 10

Co-stars: No plot details have been revealed for this sequel, though star-producer Vin Diesel made headlines in November when he asked former co-star Dwayne Johnson (R) to return for an ‘important’ role in Fast 10

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