Sylvester Stallone, star of the Rocky franchise and the man you think of any time you hear “Eye of the Tiger,” has declined Donald Trump’s offer of a job in the forthcoming Trump Administration.
Stallone, who was a Trump supporter, was invited to head up the National Endowment for the Arts, doling out federal grants to colleges, universities, actors, dramatists, playwrights, artists and musicians.
The thought may have been to have a celebrity as the buffer between Donald Trump and the A-listers, college professors and creative community that has been cowering in terror since he defeated Hillary Clinton back in November. The thought of a friendly face, familiar with the business, might have facilitated a better relationship between Washington DC and Hollywood.
But despite telling reporters back in January that he “loves Trump,” Stallone says he wants to continue making movies and that politics is not in his future. Instead, he says he’ll work closely with Trump’s administration to facilitate assistance for returning veterans and retired military service members.
“I am incredibly flattered to have been suggested to be involved with the National Endowment of the Arts,” Stallone told reporters. “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.”
Serving veterans certainly seems to be Stallone’s passion. Last year, Stallone auctioned off some of his career memorabilia, including the championship belt from Rocky II and Rocky’s iconic leather jacket, to benefit returning servicemen.