Adam Dunn has minor role in upcoming Matthew McConaughey flick
Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn has landed a minor role in “The Dallas Buyers Club,” an upcoming film set to be released this fall that stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto and Steve Zahn.
Dunn portrays a bartender in the motion picture and how did he come about scoring a part in a film featuring such high-end, A-list Hollywood talent, you ask? Simple. He’s close friends with Joe Newcomb, the co-founder of Texas-based Truth Entertainment, a production company that just so happened to sell distribution rights to Focus Features last month. Dunn is also a silent partner in the Truth Entertainment outfit. That probably helped a bit, too.
Dunn says he hasn’t seen any footage of his acting debut and doesn’t intend to until it premieres. “I’m waiting for the right time when I can set it up on a big screen,” Dunn said. “I don’t want to watch it on the road on my phone or my iPad or something.”
The film apparently is generating some Oscar buzz, primarily due to McConaughey’s performance — Dunn came away impressed by the actor’s ability to work 18-hour days — and the fact that the actor lost a reported 50 pounds to portray Ron Woodruff, a man diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s.
Dunn reports that his portrayal of Neddy Jay, a bartender, was shot over two days. Dunn apparently insisted that the bar where his scenes were shot be fully stocked with real alcohol. You know, to add authenticity and stuff. No word on whether any of the booze remained after the scenes were shot.
Now that Dunn has been bitten by the acting bug, he says he could envision himself taking on another acting job in the future. Within reason:
“It was a cool experience, and it probably won’t be my last, actually,” he said. “I’ll probably try to do a couple more, but I don’t want anything too big. I don’t want anything that people have to look at for too long. I want kind of a quickie.”
That’s what she said.