Dallas Buyers Club is up for a ton of Oscars and will probably take at least two of the acting awards, best actor for Matthew McConaughey and best supporting actor for Jared Leto.
Oh, White Sox slugger Adam Dunn is in the movie too, but he isn’t up for any Oscars. So far there’s no best supporting actor – ballplayers portraying bartenders sub-category. Though there definitely should be.
How did Adam Dunn wind up in an Oscar-nominated movie you ask? Not complicated at all. He’s an investor in the company that made the film. One of the perks of investing in a production company: you get to cast yourself in small non-speaking roles.
Dunn did a pretty good job in his debut performance too, at least according to his manager Robin Ventura.
“It is shocking when you’re watching a movie and you’re getting immersed in a movie and you see Dunner behind the bar,” Ventura said. “All of a sudden it took my focus off the movie and all of a sudden you’re watching him act. … He’s believable. He looks like he would be doing that job. He looks like he fits that role.”
Who knows, this could open a lot of doors for Adam Dunn. He could become the next athlete to make the leap to Hollywood, following in the footsteps of such legends as Jim Brown, O.J. Simpson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Brian Bosworth.
He has a long way to go before he can match any of those guys though. Especially Kareem.