Chicago White Sox Slugger Adam Dunn Makes Move to Bartender

By Michael Collins
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Ah yes, the modern paradigm of professional athletes turning to movie stars. Once again the call of Hollywood lights has found it’s way to the ears of another marquee player. Chicago White Sox slugger Adam Dunn will be on-screen with Hollywood hunk and on-screen eye candy Matthew McConaughey.

Dunn will be playing the part of a bartender in the movie Dallas Buyers Club, according to The movie/tv website describes the Summer 2013 movie as “Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug taking, women loving, homophobic man who, in 1986 was diagnosed with full blown HIV/AIDS and given [30] days to live.”

How does a home run slugging MLB player get involved in an independent film? Former minor league pitcher Joe Newcomb works with the film’s production company, and is a friend of Dunn.

“My buddy started it,” Dunn said. “He’s ate up with it. He’s the kind of guy who’s not going to half-do anything. He’s going to do it right. It’s probably going to look pretty awesome. We took like 20-something takes each time. I haven’t seen the final product, so keep your fingers crossed. Hopefully, I made it.”

Dunn does have some speaking lines in the movie, and he was able to spend a couple of days in Louisiana while shooting (and reshooting) his scene. Dunn already seems to have the acting lifestyle down pat, as he reportedly had a rider of demands, including making sure the bar he was working in the movie was fully stocked with a variety of his favorite booze.

I’m sure McConaughey had no objection to that demand.

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