Adam Dunn will attend Oscars

Updated: February 27, 2014, 4:21 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Adam Dunn is going Hollywood after all.

The Chicago White Sox power hitter, who is also an investor in the production company that made the film "Dallas Buyers Club," confirmed Thursday that he will go to the Academy Awards on Sunday for a whirlwind trip that might not last more than 36 hours.

Dunn It will be cool, a lot of fun. I don't really know a whole lot about it. People have parties for this kind of thing, so it must be pretty cool.

-- Adam Dunn, on the Academy Awards

"Dallas Buyers Club" has six Oscar nominations, including best picture, best actor for Matthew McConaughey and best supporting actor for Jared Leto. Dunn had a cameo as a bartender.

"It will be cool, a lot of fun," Dunn said. "I don't really know a whole lot about it. People have parties for this kind of thing, so it must be pretty cool."

Both general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura approached Dunn over the past week to tell him it was OK for him to take a break from camp and attend a once-in-a-lifetime event. Dunn continued to waffle, though, and was willing to go only after he saw the upcoming schedule for players.

He isn't scheduled to play in Friday's Cactus League opener but is expected to be in action Saturday. He can then take part in a morning workout Sunday before getting on a private plane and arriving well in advance of the 5 p.m. PT Academy Awards start. He said he will be back "at some point" Monday.

"I'm not here to go to the Oscars, I'm here to get ready for Opening Day," Dunn said. "If I was playing [Friday] and playing Sunday and all that stuff, and the schedule didn't line up, then I wouldn't have gone."

The production company, Truth Entertainment, was started by Dunn's friend Joe Newcomb, a former minor league pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Dunn has given financial backing to Truth Entertainment, and "Dallas Buyers Club" was its first film.

Dunn said no new movies are in the works for the company but added that he wouldn't be surprised if his visit to Los Angeles also included a meeting about a future project.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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