Glendale, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn, who has a cameo role in “Dallas Buyers Club,” will fly to Los Angeles Sunday for the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
The movie, a 1980s tale based on the life of an AIDS patient, Ron Woodruff, is up for six Oscars, including best picture and best lead actor in Matthew McConaughey.
A friend and neighbour, Joe Newcomb, who is involved in a host of businesses under the umbrella of Truth Entertainment, urged him to take a role in the movie.
Newcomb had to ask writers to find something for Dunn, who resisted a couple of speaking roles.
“One scene was 29 takes, the other probably 20,” Dunn said. ” I never realized everything that goes into that. Every second, piece by piece, camera angle, getting yelled at by this director for no reason — it was strange to be part of.”
Dunn was reluctant to take a day off to attend the Oscars as a cast mmber, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura convinced Dunn he’d regret it if he didn’t go.