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Trump reportedly eyeing Sylvester Stallone for key arts role

Sylvester Stallone, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts? Perhaps. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Sylvester Stallone, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts? Perhaps. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

The next chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts might have the soul of an artist and the eye of the tiger.

The DailyMail.com reported Thursday that President-elect Donald Trump was looking to appoint veteran action star Sylvester Stallone to the position overseeing the NEA.

The endowment was created in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Congress to preserve the country’s artistic traditions while cultivating an environment for culture to thrive.

In January, Stallone expressed his admiration for Trump, even as he admitted that the businessman’s personality might not translate to running the free world.

“I love Donald Trump,” Stallone told Variety .  “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,” Stallone said.

Appointing Stallone, which requires confirmation by Congress, would continue Trump’s evolution from “deplorables” to “Expendables,” with Schwarzenegger, Stallone’s co-star from the film series, taking over hosting duties for Trump when “The New Celebrity Apprentice” debuts in January.

Stallone might seem like an unconventional choice for the position, but he would not be the first actor to fill the role. Four-time Oscar and eight-time Emmy nominee Jane Alexander (“Warm Springs,” “Testament”) served as NEA chairperson under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997.

Representatives for Stallone did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment Friday morning.

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