Sylvester Stallone declines potential job with Trump

However, he did say he was "flattered" by reports

Sylvester Stallone declines potential job with Trump

Sylvester Stallone poses in the press room with the lifetime achievement award at the 21st annual Huading Global Film Awards at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Los Angeles. | Image: Richard Shotwell AP/Press Association Images

Actor Sylvester Stallone has said he is not interested in an arts role within Trump's administration. 

Last week, several publications suggested that the Presidential-elect would offer the action star an arts post.

In a statement, Stallone said he was "incredibly flattered to have been suggested to be involved with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)".

However, he said he would be interested a role in highlighting issues affecting US veterans.

"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," the statement said.

As well as acting, Stallone is also an active painter, having produced hundreds of artworks. Last year, he exhibited at the Modern Art Museum in Nice, France.

In 2013, a collection of his paintings went on display at The Russian Museum in St Petersburg.

At the show's opening the star said, if he had the choice, he would spend his life drawing instead of acting.

"I think I'm a much better painter than an actor," he said.

The Oscar-nominated actor studied art before his film career took off.