After friend Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected Governor of California, Sylvester Stallone contemplated his own run for office.
“And five minutes later, I came to my senses,” Stallone told Variety for the magazine’s cover story on the actor’s new movie “Creed.” Stallone said he was inspired after meeting the mayor of Philadelphia during the filming of “Rocky Balboa,” who told him: “I believe you could be elected.”
“I said to my wife, ‘What do you think?’ 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.’”
Stallone was dubbed a Republican after supporting Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid, but the actor said he belongs to neither party.
“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.”
Asked about Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Stallone said “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”—he let out a laugh—“to running the world.”