Former Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco plans an appearance at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival next month.
Canseco and filmmaker Bill McAdams Junior will view the world premiere of the film Jose Canseco: The Truth Hurts.
The film closes out the eight-day event on Saturday night Oct. 19.
Canseco played in the majors for 16 seasons racking up 462 home runs and 1,407 RBI while hitting .266. He earned six All-Star Game appearances and won the American League Rookie of t
he Year award in 1986 and the AL MVP in 1988. He won World Series rings with the Oakland A’s (1989) and New York Yankees (2000).
The controversial Canseco made a splash in 2005 with his book Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big where he admitted to anabolic steroid use and accused other players of steroid use, too.
Eventually some of the players mentioned either tested positive for steroids or admitted to using, including Rafael Palmeiro and former A’s teammate Mark McGwire.
Since his carer ended, Canseco has dabbled in mixed martial arts, boxing and has made numerous reality TV show appearances.
The last time Canseco ventured to Arkansas in July 2010, he fought UALR Associate athletic director Gary Hogan Sr. in an exhibition boxing match before an Arkansas Travelers game at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Canseco won the bout 39-37 but took heat from bloggers and other outlets for not dominating the 60-year-old Hogan, who gave up 45 pounds to Canseco. Canseco promptly threatened those critics on Twitter.
A press release issued Thursday afternoon summarizes the new film like this:
Now, Jose Canseco finally speaks out to address some of the most controversial questions surrounding his life and career. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of a man driven by grief and a promise made – that he would be more than just a great baseball player, he would be the best. It was a promise he ultimately fulfilled, but it cost him a great deal more than he ever anticipated. Only time will tell whether history remembers Jose Canseco as a legend, a whistleblower or a scapegoat, but this candid documentary will leave you convinced of one inescapable fact: the truth hurts.
In addition to the Canseco film, there are other sports films on the docket, including the documentary that chronicles the life former Springdale High School and Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback, Mitch Mustain, called The Identity Theft of Mitch Mustain.
The festival will kick off October 11 with a champagne and popcorn reception at the Arlington Hotel to honor the festival’s Opening Night film, Ryan White’s Good Ol’ Freda.
The festival will kicks off October 11 with a champagne and popcorn reception at the Arlington Hotel to honor the festival’s Opening Night film, Ryan White’s Good Ol’ Freda.One of only a few documentaries with the full support of the remaining living Beatles, and featuring original Beatles music, this film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music. As a special guest of the festival, Freda will share personal stories, both onscreen and off, of her time with the Fab Four from their beginnings at the Cavern in Liverpool through their break up in 1970.
For more information or to purchase tickets go to http://www.hsdfi.org/tickets-passes.