Stallone won't be taking a job with Trump
Sylvester Stallone has said he was flattered by the possibility of working in Donald Trump’s incoming administration – but he is not interested.
The Rocky and Rambo star said in a statement carried by US media that he would rather help military veterans.
The Daily Mail reported last week that Stallone had been approached about a possible top arts-related position in the Trump administration, possibly as head of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The New York Times quoted Mr Trump’s advisers as saying no formal offer had been put forth, though “overtures” had been made.
“I am incredibly flattered to have been suggested to be involved with the National Endowment of the Arts,” the statement by Stallone said, according to the New York Times, Variety and others.
“However I believe I could be more effective by bringing national attention to returning military personnel in an effort to find gainful employment, suitable housing and financial assistance these heroes respectfully deserve.”
The 70-year-old actor did not elaborate how he would be involved trying to help the veterans.
The National Endowment for Arts is an independent federal agency that offers support and funding for projects in the art.
Stallone said in an interview at the start of the year that he considered following Arnold Schwarzenegger’s footsteps and entering politics, but the idea was short-lived.
Asked about Mr Trump, then a front runner for the Republican nomination, he told Variety: “I love Donald Trump.
“He’s a great Dickensian character. You know what I mean? There are certain people like Arnold, Babe Ruth, that are bigger than life.
“But I don’t know how that translates to running the world.”
Mr Trump has been working on his transition from his headquarters in Trump Tower.
He has recently met with other celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Kanye West.