President-elect Donald Trump has been eyeing some big name talent to head up the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Recently, Trump had the “Eye of the Tiger” for Sylvester Stallone.
On Monday, the Rocky star announced that he was flattered, but he’d have to pass on a job in the Trump administration to focus on his charity work for veterans.
Stallone would seem like a perfect fit for the NEA. He’s been a successful actor, writer, and director. Long before he was making millions of dollars per film, he was an out-of-work 20-something-year-old with the screenplay to Rocky and a dream.
Deadline announced on Monday that Stallone passed on the job because he wanted to focus on serving his country in a different way.
“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 said through his publicist. “I am incredibly flattered to have been suggested to be involved (with the NEA).”
Last year, Stallone auctioned off more than 1,400 movie costumes and props, raising more than $3 million that was donated to charities that support wounded soldiers.