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Report: Donald Trump taps Sylvester Stallone to chair National Endowment for the Arts

on December 15, 2016, 4:35pm

With every new appointment he makes, President-elect Donald Trump seems to be trying to top the sheer ludicrousness of the last. Just days after selecting ex-Texas governor Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, whose name Perry once famously forgot in a debate, Trump has reportedly tapped actor Sylvester Stallone to be Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Yes, you read that correctly. As the Daily Mail reports, the same Stallone whose roles include soldier John Rambo and boxer Rocky Balboa will likely now be in charge of a federal agency that provides funds to aspiring artists and creative projects. Stallone has yet to be formally offered the job, but the Mail’s sources say he is “positively disposed” to the idea and would likely accept. Congress would still have to approve the appointment, but they may want to pick and choose their battles considering some of Trump’s certifiably insane cabinet picks.

As for the rationale behind the Stallone pick, the Daily Mail’s source notes that “Mr. Trump feels this sort of A-list appointment is precisely the shot in the arm that the industry needs.” Knowing Trump, he probably wants to ensure that no art project gets funding unless it contains a minimum of five explosions.

Stallone, a vocal Republican and longtime fan of Trump’s, recently received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rocky in the 2015 film Creed. He’s set to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017, though there’s no telling how his potential new role would affect any film projects moving forward.

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