As an investor in the film, Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox was a buyer in Dallas Buyers Club. Now the designated hitter may be heading to Hollywood to see if his film can pull off the upset and win the film equivelent of a World Series Championship: The Oscar for Best Picture.
ESPN reported yesterday that Dunn has been invited to the 86th annual Academy Awards show Sunday in Los Angeles, although he has not yet decided whether he’ll leave spring training in Glendale, AZ, to attend. Dunn not only invested in the film, which was produced by his friend and Truth Entertainment founder Joe Newcomb, but he makes a brief appearance in it as a bartender.
"I'm still debating whether I want to [go to the ceremony]," Dunn told ESPN. "I don't know yet, but the offer is there. How many opportunities do you have to go to the Oscars? But if it's any sort of big deal with the team, I won't go."
His manager doesn't seem to begrudge his chance to attend. White Sox skipper Robin Ventura told ESPN that he’s excited for Dunn’s opportunity to attend the prestigious ceremony.
"You're looking first at how many people get a chance to do that and actually be a part of it, not just go just to go, but be a part of something that has a chance to do something special," Ventura said.
Dallas Buyers Club is nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup, and acting nominations for its two leads, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. Leto is widely expected to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, while McConaughey is in a tight race between Bruce Dern, Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio and Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor.
Dunn said that his time on the set helped him appreciate the dedication and focus McConaughey and Leto brought to their roles.
"Those guys are in character and they're so focused,” Dunn said. “I wish everybody could kind of experience that. They'll do a take that's perfect and the director will say, 'Let's do another take.' What do you get, more perfect? Those guys aren't griping or anything. They're so professional. I'm really glad I got to see that. It's pretty amazing."