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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Adam Dunn invited to Oscars

Adam Dunn seen here with his acting/hitting mentor Chuck Connors.

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Dunn, an investor in the Oscar-nominated film “Dallas Buyers Club,” has an invitation to attend the Academy Awards show Sunday in Los Angeles. Dunn has a cameo role as a bartender in the movie, which was produced by his friend Joe Newcomb, founder of Truth Entertainment.

“I’m still debating whether I want to do it,” Dunn said from Chicago’s spring training camp in Glendale. “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.”

That doesn’t appear to be the case. In an email to ESPN.com, general manager Rick Hahn said, “We told him it wouldn’t be a problem if he wanted to head out there for a night.”

...Dunn says he would like to go if possible. Manager Robin Ventura says he has no problem with Dunn missing a day and thinks he should.

Said Ventura: “It’s a cool thing. That movie would not have been as good without him.”

Repoz Posted: February 25, 2014 at 05:52 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: February 25, 2014 at 08:04 AM (#4661927)
dunn is wise to be working on his next career. because he may need it pretty quickly...................
   2. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: February 25, 2014 at 09:38 AM (#4661981)
I don't see why this is news. His performance in 12 Years a Slave was amazing.
   3. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4662013)
If he is the bartender in Dallas Buyer's Club, then he was in at least two scenes I can think of offhand. I'm trying to recall if he had a line. But I can absolutely picture him being a big burly barkeep at a redneck bar.

What did everyone think of the movie? As Hollywood biopics go, I thought it was pretty standard, but MM's performance lives up to the hype, and Ron Woodroof as a character is endlessly fascinating. The dude was like an capitalistic Robin Hood.

EDIT: TFA says a non-speaking part.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 25, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4662024)
Jennifer Garner is the Gordon Beckham of that movie.
   5. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM (#4662038)
In an email to ESPN.com, general manager Rick Hahn said, “We told him it wouldn’t be a problem if he wanted to head out there for a night.”
"Or seven months, whatever."
   6. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: February 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM (#4662061)
I don't know what's gotten into Matthew McConaughey recently, but he's having a nice little moment. I'm not a huge fan of True Detective, but he's great in it, and he did fine work in his small role in Wolf of Wall Street. I've also heard good things about his work in Killer Joe, Mud, Dallas Buyers Club and Magic Mike.

Did someone smack him around a little and say, "Hey, enough with the romantic comedies. Give a damn?"
   7. Chris Fluit Posted: February 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM (#4662070)
You should also check out his performance in 2011's The Lincoln Lawyer. Top notch stuff.
   8. tshipman Posted: February 25, 2014 at 11:14 AM (#4662084)
We are all witnesses to the McConnaisannce.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 25, 2014 at 11:28 AM (#4662093)
I don't know what's gotten into Matthew McConaughey recently,


PEDs.
   10. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: February 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM (#4662099)
I don't see why this is news. His performance in 12 Years a Slave was amazing.

I loved Dunn's work in the Shrek series, even if Eddie Murphy voiced the part.
   11. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: February 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM (#4662100)
Bernie was really good.
   12. Rennie's Tenet Posted: February 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM (#4662107)
He won't recognize Bob Redford, and then he'll have to write a paper.

Edit: kudos to Repoz for the photo.
   13. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: February 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM (#4662111)
I think I mentioned this in another thread, but I completely missed Adam Dunn in Dallas Buyers Club, because, hey, Daisy Dukes.
No jury would ever convict me.
   14. Traderdave Posted: February 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM (#4662112)
I caught an interview w/ McConaughey (can't recall exactly where)in which he said he'd made enough money in rom-coms that he could start doing what he really wanted to do.

   15. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 25, 2014 at 12:03 PM (#4662116)
Yeah, MM is on quite a roll these days. The talent was never a question (Dazed & Confused, A Time to Kill), but the dedication to his craft was. Dude had the easiest/best job in the world; he got paid millions to show up to the job high and make out with gorgeous co-stars without really exerting himself as an actor. It's like he suddenly got bored with that lifestyle.
   16. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: February 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM (#4662123)
His turn-around movie is Tropic Thunder. He might be the best part of a very funny movie. Well, after Robert Downey Jr. I think, however, he has a lot of work to do to make up for being a lead in A Time to Kill, which is up there with the worst movies of all time.
   17. Nasty Nate Posted: February 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4662139)
And like a lot of free agent contracts, there's a monster at the end of it
   18. Rancischley Leweschquens (Tim Wallach was my Hero) Posted: February 25, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4662302)
What did everyone think of the movie?

I haven't seen it, but up here, everyone goes crazy because it was directed by a French Canadian, Jean-Marc Vallée (CRAZY is really good).
Vallée is the fifth French Canadian director to make it to the Oscars in the last decade after Yan England for Henry (Best live action Short Film, 2013), Denis Villeneuve for Incendies (Best Foreign Language Film, 2011), Philippe Falardeau for Monsieur Lazhar (Best Foreign Language Film, 2012), and Denys Arcand, who actually won the Oscar for best Foreign Language Film for Les invasions barbares in 2004.
   19. God Posted: February 25, 2014 at 04:21 PM (#4662374)
McConaughey mentioned on Fresh Air that he'd fallen into the trap of repeating rom-com roles that he was really good at, but that he could also do in his sleep. They provided no challenges for him, so he made a new rule for himself going forward that he was only going to do films where the script forced him to do unfamiliar things with the character.

Haven't seen DBC yet, but Mud, Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, Bernie, The Paperboy, and Killer Joe were all varying degrees of good.

Like Dock Ellis said, MMc has always had the talent, going back to his great performances in Lone Star and Dazed & Confused. He just spent a decade in the wilderness making fluff for money.
   20. Wins Above Paul Westerberg Posted: February 25, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4662422)
He won't recognize Bob Redford, and then he'll have to write a paper.

There's a story I've heard a few places about Robert Redford coming up to Paul Wellstone and telling him how much he appreciated his fiery politics. Wellstone thanked him and then asked him what his name was.
   21. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: February 25, 2014 at 08:49 PM (#4662539)
Spit out some water after [17]. Well done.

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