Jason Momoa apologizes for taking photos inside Sistine Chapel
Jason Momoa is apologizing to the Italian people “for any disrespect” after being criticized for sharing photos taken inside the Sistine Chapel, where photography and filming are banned.
Momoa has been in Italy filming Fast X, the 10th installment in the Fast & Furious series.
Momoa — who announced his separation from wife Lisa Bonet in January and has since been linked to actress Eiza González — added that during his visit, he was approached by fans wanting to get photos with him.
“I love your culture and history,” he added in his Instagram post caption, which expressed love for the Italians.
According to Mental Floss, the ban on filming and photography in the Sistine Chapel stems from a long-standing copyright agreement with Japan’s Nippon Television Network Corporation, which funded its extensive restoration project launched in 1980. While some terms have expired, and enforcement of the rules has been inconsistent — as Momoa’s experience suggests — the Vatican has adopted a blanket policy, presumably to protect the valuable paintings contained within the chapel.