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Local detective gets second acting gig with Captain America series

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Captain America the Winter Soldier premiere at Valley View. Captain America the Winter Soldier premiere at Valley View.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Cleveland is getting ready for its close-up as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" premieres Tuesday night in Valley View.  

Cast and crew spent weeks filming here in town, and one local police officer can't wait to see the finished product.  

He got the acting bug after getting hired as an extra when "The Avengers" was filming here. Now this local law enforcement agent can add "shield agent" to his resume.  

When Marvel came to Cleveland to film the new Captain America movie, Orange Village detective Mike Debeljack landed a coveted gig as an extra, then as an actor.

"When you go see yourself in the movie and actually see the movie, you're like holy cow, it's pretty neat," Debeljack said.

He got a taste for Hollywood after working on "The Avengers" set.  During the "Winter Soldier" filming, he scored a spot on a driving precision team.  He worked with the second unit, or the stunt guys.  

"It was exciting, every single time that I did it," Debeljack said. "I was in the city, the shoreway, wherever they needed cars.  It was pretty neat experience."

After eight days of work on that crew, he was hired for the first unit, working with the stars of the film.  "At that time, had the opportunity, fortunate enough to be in one of the major scenes," Debeljack said.
 
In that scene he got to handcuff the Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson.
"Yeah, yeah, I did," Debeljack said. "That's every man's fantasy. Yeah it was pretty neat."
 
He's going to the premiere for the cast and crew, with the hope that his part isn't on the cutting room floor.

"I don't know if I made the final cut," Debeljack said. "We'll see. Fingers crossed."

Debeljack had to be careful not to give away any secrets of the plot when he talked.  He said he had to sign a contract with Marvel that was more than an inch thick.  

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