GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Of the names Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn and Adam Dunn, which one doesn't belong? Well, if you are talking hitting home runs, Dunn is in a class by himself among this group of actors.
But thanks to a January foray into the movie business, the left-handed hitting slugger can take his place alongside these big screen stars. Dunn played a bartender in a new movie called "Dallas Buyers Club," in which McConaughey lost large sums of weight to play Ron Woodroof, the main character in the true-life tale of the Dallas man's fight for survival after being diagnosed with AIDS in 1986.
Dunn got involved with the project through his friend Joe Newcomb, who throws offseason batting practice to Dunn and rose as high as Double-A as a pitcher in the Blue Jays system. Newcomb is listed as one of the executive producers on this film, scheduled to be released sometime in 2013.
"I didn't realize how much work goes into a production like that," said Dunn, who filmed his speaking part for two days in New Orleans. "It was cool. It was fun. Those guys put in some long days.
"My buddy started it. 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."
Of the 50 characters listed for the movie in the IMDB.com database, including air traveler and rodeo spectator, Dunn's name has not been included. Even if he is somehow left on the cutting room floor, Dunn was impressed by the craft of film making.
"To see those guys in action, that was probably the coolest part of it," Dunn said. "To see how intense, how in character they are 24-7. To be a good actor, I guess that's what it takes so I'll never be a good actor."