Callan marvels at break in Captain America: Winter Soldier

Callan Mulvey could be the next Lex Luthor.
Callan Mulvey could be the next Lex Luthor. Mark Rogers

ACTOR Callan Mulvey relishes every day he's on a film set, even when he's getting his "arse kicked".

The Auckland-born actor, who moved to Australia at the age of eight and is best known locally for his starring roles in Heartbreak High, Rush and Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, has found success in Hollywood since moving to the US last year.

The 39-year-old made his international feature film debut as a member of the US Navy's famed SEAL Team 6 in Zero Dark Thirty alongside Aussies Nash and Joel Edgerton.

Now the film roles are, well, rolling in.

Just last month he was shirtless, and bulked up, in the release of Greek action drama 300: Rise of an Empire.

And now he's getting his butt served to him by none other than Captain America himself in the latest Marvel film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Callan Mulvey, left, and Jack O'Connell in 300: Rise of an Empire.
Callan Mulvey, left, and Jack O'Connell in 300: Rise of an Empire. Warner Bros Pictures

"I've been working pretty solidly, which is great," Mulvey told APN from his home in LA.

"It certainly helps having 300 and Captain America coming out and having a presence in this market. It has really sped things along."

Mulvey has the rare honour of signing on for a sequel which fans and critics have hailed as being better than its predecessor.

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo have clearly hit on a winning formula and have already signed on to direct a third Captain America film.

"Apart from Joss Whedon, they were the only directors Marvel invited to come back," Mulvey said.

Mulvey's character Jack Rollins is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who goes into the field with Captain America, but ultimately answers to Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford).

He features prominently in a scene where some of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents turn on Captain America in a fight sequence in a lift.

"I certainly had a few fight scenes where I got my arse kicked by other people, which was fun," he said.

Mulvey's bruised and beaten character can be seen top right.
Mulvey's bruised and beaten character can be seen top right.

"I had probably two or three lines (in the film), one of which made the trailer. I was very happy about that.

"It's just cool being on any set, let alone a Marvel set. You're just standing around with Robert Redford."

While he's yet to share any scenes with another Marvel superhero, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the two actors do catch up when they can in Los Angeles.

Mulvey has worked with Hemsworth's older brother Luke twice, including the upcoming Aussie indie film Kill Me Three Times.

"I love going to work every day and getting to do what I do."

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