Paul Walter Hauser apologizes for ‘careless’ Vin Diesel comment

Paul Walter Hauser would like to offer a mea culpa for a comment he made about Vin Diesel in a recent interview, in which he insinuated the latter was not known for being “on time and approachable.”

In a lengthy Instagram post shared Sunday, Hauser wrote: “A few weeks back, I made a random comment about Vin Diesel. It started somewhat humorous, but unraveled into me dogging him out over behavior I had heard about on multiple occasions from multiple sources.”

He continued, “I had done a night shoot on a Friday, gotten 1 hour of sleep, and then flew to LA from ATL at 6am to do a full day of press for Inside Out 2. I was exhausted and, in my fatigued state, I shot my mouth off and made a careless, needlessly mean-spirited, comment. That comment was recorded and then went viral.”

Paul Walter Hauser and Vin Diesel.

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The Black Bird Emmy winner is referring to a moment in a recent interview with CinemaBlend, when he responded to the outlet comparing his voiceover work in Inside Out 2 to that of Diesel’s in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Please don’t say that. I like to think I’m on time and approachable,” Hauser said with a laugh. “Sorry, I love people, but when I hear stories about Hollywood actors who get paid really well and mistreat people, I out them constantly. And it’s a blast.”

In his apology, Hauser conceded that while he does “indeed get riled up by some of the behavior” he’s heard about or witnessed in Hollywood, and though “‘outing’ people to any extent can feel momentarily satiating,” he is sorry for the remark.

“I no longer feel that way and am genuinely sorry for shooting my mouth off and not showing love to Vin, who I do not know and have never met,” he said. “It isn’t fair of me to make judgments of that kind, and even if some of those things turned out to be true, it is mean to shout them out and playfully attack someone.”

He continued, “As a self-professed Christian, I need to do a better job of loving people and not trying to ‘right a wrong’, or allow my ego to posture itself with some sort of verbal flex. It just isn’t additive to our culture, and it can hurt other people.”

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He ended his note by tagging Diesel and apologizing one last time, and thanked the Fast and Furious star for “entertaining so many people and making them happy,” noting that he’s ultimately “trying to do the same.”

“Time for me to be quiet. I sometimes talk myself into idiocy,” he concluded.

A rep for Diesel did not immediately respond to Entertainment Weekly‘s request for comment.

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