Found May 22, 2013 on Reading Between The Seams:
Dunn goes HollywoodCredit: AP/Paul Sancya Chicago White Sox DH Adam Dunn has teamed up with some old friends in show business and appears to be poised to make his acting debut this fall in a film that’s already generating Oscar buzz according to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com.  No, he isn’t the one generating the buzz, however A-list actors like Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner star in the Texas-based film produced by Texas-based Truth Entertainment, for which Adam Dunn (Texas native) is a silent partner with co-founder Joe Newcomb old friend.  Dunn will play a bartender in a scene that apparently has made the final cut.  The film, titled “Dallas Buyers Club” focuses on the main character, played by McConaughey, diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s.  McConaughey apparently lost up to 50 pounds to prepare for the role (and is an early favorite to at least beat Dunn in the first balloting for Oscar nomination). Adam Dunn grew up in New Caney, TX, outside of Houston and was one of University of Texas Football Head Coach Mack Brown’s first recruits in 1998 as a 6’6″ oversized, hard-throwing quarterback.  Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds that summer, he signed and Dunn played both sports for a year until Chris Simms came on the Longhorns scene and Dunn was asked to move to TE.  At which point, he concentrated on baseball full time, resulting in two MLB All Star appearances and $100M in salary to date.  Matthew McConaughey’s fandom of University of Texas athletics is well known, as represented in this spot before the 2005 BCS Championship game. Dunn isn’t ruling out more dabbling in the entertainment industry, according to the same article: “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.” Other famous baseball players turned marginal actors included Keith Hernandez (Seinfeld), Wade Boggs (Cheers), and Bob Uecker (Mr. Belvedere).  And numerous others who played in baseball movies. -David Whitlock (@lhd_on_sports) Follow us on Twitter @rbts_baseball The post Chicago White Sox Adam Dunn transitioning careers to big screen appeared first on Reading Between The Seams.
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