Donald Trump is just the most recent in a tradition of American celebrities turned American politicians. Ronald Reagan was a B-list Hollywood star before he became president. Arnold Schwarzenegger was an A-list ass kicker before he became governor of California. And Sylvester Stallone just passed on his chance to join that tradition.
Donald Trump wanted to make Stallone the chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts. But heading a government agency is not, apparently, on Stallone’s list of things to do in 2017.
“I am incredibly flattered to have been suggested to be involved with the National Endowment of the Arts,” said Stallone in an interview with People. “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.”
Stallone is a known Republican, and has also made anti-Trump noises in the past. Which might explain his reluctance to take the position.
Back in January, Stallone had this to say about Trump: “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.”
It’s a bit of a lost opportunity. Even the most jaded among us have to pine for a world where the Endowment of the Arts is run by Rambo. We’re really past the point of no return in terms of political credentials actually mattering. And considering what “political credentials” actually look like these days, it’s actually not that unreasonable to elect true outsiders to office.
Stallone, now seventy years old, is still acting. He’s a lifetime Republican. In 1994, he gave a thousand dollars to Rick Santorum’s campaign for a Pennsylvania senate seat. Stallone also endorsed John McCain’s 2008 presidential run.
But like many Hollywood Republicans, he’s come under fire from hardline elements of the party. Specifically, conservatives have taken issue with Stallone’s accommodating position on gun control. He’s also been accused of supporting “RINO” politicians – Republican In Name Only.
For better or for worse, it looks like Stallone will not be holding a public position under the Trump administration. Though the door is still open to future appointments. Stallone is currently engaged with film projects. He’s appearing in the next Guardians of the Galaxy film and will surely have his hands full for many more years of roles.