Tough guy actor and filmmaker Sylvester Stallone told Variety magazine that he had once considered jumping into the political arena like Donald Trump.
“And five minutes later, I came to my senses,” Stallone told Variety, recalling that the mayor of Philadelphia suggested he’d be a shoo-in to win a political race.
“I said to my wife, ‘What do you think?’” Stallone recalled. “She said, ‘Are you crazy? He’s just being nice. You’re not going to be elected. You don’t have that insatiable need to be embraced by people.’”
While discussing his latest film, “Creed,” in which Stallone reprised his role as Rocky Balboa and shared writing credits, conversation naturally turned to politics and Trump in this white-hot presidential political season.
After Stallone threw his support behind Sen. John McCain in 2008, people naturally assume he’s a Republican, according to Variety, but he calls himself a die-hard independent.
“May the best fighter win,” he said. “I don’t think you can be totally one-sided forever. Then you close your mind to all sorts of possibilities. It’s just, ‘Who comes along better at that time for what the planet is going through?’ Right now, it’s pretty confusing on every side.”
Since one can’t discuss politics this season without bringing up GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, Stallone didn’t hold back.
“I love Donald Trump,” he said. “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,” he said with a laugh.
Read the full interview here.
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