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Sylvester Stallone: Trump Reportedly Wants Actor as Arts Chairman

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Sylvester Stallone accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award onstage during the 21st Annual Huading Global Film Awards at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Dec. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles, California. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 16 Dec 2016 01:47 PM

President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly approached Oscar-nominated actor Sylvester Stallone about becoming chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts.

The National Endowment of the Arts was created by Congress in 1965 as an independent federal agency that funds and support Americans participating in the arts and helps them develop their creative capacities.

Jane Chu, former president and chief executive officer of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, is the current NEA chair.

A source told the Daily Mail that Stallone is open to the idea but it is not known if the 70-year-old would accept such an offer.

Stallone was up for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award earlier this year, recreating his Rocky Balboa character for the movie "Creed."

"It's been widely and wrongly assumed that a Trump presidency will be hostile to the arts," the source told the Daily Mail. "But Mr. Trump feels this sort of A-list appointment is precisely the shot in the arm that the industry needs."

The Mail noted that while Stallone is not a registered Republican, he did back Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain in his presidential run in 2008. Stallone called Trump "bigger than life" when asked about his presidential run last year.

"I love Donald Trump," Stallone said told Variety at the time. "He's a great Dickensian character. You know what I mean? There are certain people like Arnold (Schwarzenegger), Babe Ruth, that are bigger than life. But I don't know how that translates … to running the world."

In the interview, Stallone also appeared to throw cold water on the idea of following his friend and fellow actor Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California, into politics. Stallone told Variety the thought briefly crossed his mind after meeting Philadelphia mayor John Street in 2006.

"And five minutes later, I came to my senses," Stallone said.

"I believe you could be elected," Stallone said Street told him, noted Variety.

"I said to my wife, 'What do you think?' She said, 'Are you crazy? He's just being nice. You're not going to be elected. You don't have that insatiable need to be embraced by people,'" Stallone continued.

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