By this point, Adam Dunn jokes he’s used to being overlooked.
So when Oscar nominations were announced earlier this month and Dunn didn’t receive a nod for his cameo in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ — a part that included no lines — the White Sox first baseman wasn’t the least bit surprised.
“It seems like it always happens,” Dunn said. “The Gold Glove, every year I get snubbed on that, so I’m used to it.”
All kidding aside, Dunn is more than pleased with the way things have turned out for the Matthew McConaughey film, which received six Oscar nominations, including one for best picture. McConaughey and Jared Leto are nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor while the original screenplay received a nod as well.
Dunn’s friend and former Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer Joe Newcomb got him involved in the movie business. Newcomb began Truth Entertainment, the production company that financed the film, and asked Dunn to become an investor.
While Dunn won’t be able to attend the Academy Awards because he’ll be at spring training, he did attend several movie premieres.
“That’s pretty special, being the first movie,” Dunn said. “To get six Oscar nominations, that’s pretty cool. It’s been a fun little thing.”
Dunn said the movie was filmed over four weeks at the start of 2013.
He called his cameo as a “cool experience” but isn’t sure he has interest in any further on-screen work. Dunn cited the 18-hour days as part of the reason.
“It’s too much work,” Dunn said.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura took in the movie with his wife on Friday night.
Ventura said he enjoyed it, but was surprised when Dunn was on screen.
“It is shocking when you’re watching a movie and you’re getting immersed and you see Dunner behind the bar,” Ventura said. “He’s believable (as a bartender). He looks like he would be doing that job. He looks like he fits that role.”