Australian celebrity and Instagram star Calum Von Moger is probably feeling a bit better these days after film critics have given him the thumbs up for his performance as young Arnold Schwarzenegger in the new movie Bigger . Von Moger was selected from hundreds of hopefuls last year to play the part of the Austrian Oak in the movie that traces the rise of the Weider brothers – Joe and Ben – who fought adversity as Canadian Jews to build a fitness empire after “discovering” Schwarzenegger in the 1960s. The 28-year-old Los Angeles-based Australian is a well-known YouTube and Instagram star with more than two million followers before he took on the role of a lifetime. For a start, Von Moger does strike an uncanny resemblance to the seven-time Mr Olympia and he played the part in the George Gallo-directed movie, based on true events, to perfection according to film critics. In the movie, Von Moger, who is of Dutch and Austrian descent, looks eerily like the most famous bodybuilder in the world with muscles and height (they are both 1.88m tall) to match. Even his Austrian accent impressed the former California governor himself. The movie opened to a limited release in North America this month and although it has been generally been panned by critics, Von Moger saves the day as the stand-out star in his first movie role. “I think I did all right [in the movie]. I’ll let you guys be the judge of that,” said Von Moger, who has 2.8 million Instagram followers, in an interview on his YouTube channel. “I’m excited because it’s a very cool story and I think a lot of you will enjoy it,” he added. “I have been taking acting classes with a dialect coach,” he told Today Extra on how he perfected his Austrian accent. View this post on Instagram DONT TRY THIS! last night I had this crazy idea that me and @cbum_ should attempt a 400lb barbell curl. Was all fun and games until I tore my bicep. I really should have known better, I forgot to warm up properly and should have used #koalafreak pre from @staunch.nation instead of the stim free Bicep: Pretty sure it’s a Grade 2 tear going off the web and the symptoms. Can Take up to 3 weeks before I’ll get strength back. I’ll try and see a specialist and get their opinion on it too. Note: Learn from my stupid mistakes! You can see half the arm workout on my YouTube ch. A post shared by CALUM VON MOGER️️️ (@calumvonmoger) on Nov 30, 2017 at 1:49pm PST <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> The Weider brothers are credited with building the backbone of the fitness industry, founding the International Federation of Bodybuilders (IFBB) and amassing an empire that included bodybuilding and fitness magazines, and manufactured fitness equipment. Von Moger has a pivotal part in the movie as the young bodybuilder who leaves his native Austria on his journey to the Mr Olympia contest and to fame before becoming one of the most iconic Hollywood stars. The Australian bodybuilder was excited to play his idol in the film. View this post on Instagram Who’s ready for the national release of my new film, BIGGER tomorrow?!? Go to www.biggermovie.com to find a theater near you. #biggerthemovie #bodybuilding #arnold #classicphysique #goldenera #bigger #calumvonmoger #joeweider #joeweidersolympia #classic #arnoldschwarzenegger A post shared by CALUM VON MOGER️️️ (@calumvonmoger) on Oct 11, 2018 at 12:47pm PDT <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> The trailer for the movie opens with Joe Weider (played by Tyler Hoechlin) talking to a young Arnold Schwarzenegger (played by Calum Von Moger) saying: “Hello Arnold, my name is Joe Weider, how would you like to be the face of bodybuilding?” Bigger drew a mixed reception but film critics were impressed by Von Moger’s portrayal of young Arnold. “The movie picks up a little steam at this point, not least because of Calum Von Moger’s really uncanny resemblance to the young Schwarzenegger (not to mention his spectacular approximation of the icon’s accent),” said Glenn Kenny of rogerebert.com. The Los Angeles Times also praised the Australian actor’s performance. “... The lone exception is provided by Austrian [sic] bodybuilder-actor Calum Von Moger, whose playful, dead-ringer impersonation of a baby-faced Ah-nuld gives the film what all those tired clichés can’t – a beating pulse,” it wrote. View this post on Instagram The day I almost died. Turn up volume listen for the “pop” Thanks to my older brothers @harleyvonm @alex_v_moger who pulled me up the cliff and Thank God im still alive. On way to hospital now with @parker_physique & @iamthmpsn A post shared by CALUM VON MOGER️️️ (@calumvonmoger) on Apr 18, 2018 at 8:16pm PDT <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> Von Moger could do with a boost as he recuperates at home in Los Angeles after having undergone successful surgery to repair his left bicep that was twice injured – once last November and again in April when he almost killed himself while rappelling down a cliff in his native Australia. He first suffered a bicep tear in a gym stunt gone wrong after trying to bicep curl a 400-pound barbell with IFFB pro bodybuilder Chris Bumstead in a two-man attempt. That led to his first bicep surgery last December. He aggravated the injury again in April after he almost fell off a cliff on his descent while rappelling, suffering a complete rupture of his quadriceps tendon while dislocating his knee cap. View this post on Instagram Surgery was a success. Always in good hands with Dr. Banffy and his staff. While I was asleep they did a knee manipulation and were able to break through the scar tissue and get my ROM to 130°+ which is a huge step forward for me. Today I’m already back at PT at @eliteorthosport working on my knee to keep progressing. I feel so much better mentally now that I have this operation out the way. I can finally start rebuilding myself. And to top it off I got some encouraging words from Arnold @schwarzenegger during my PT this morning. A post shared by CALUM VON MOGER️️️ (@calumvonmoger) on Oct 13, 2018 at 2:02pm PDT <!--//--><![CDATA[// ><!--\n\n\n//--><!]]> “Surgery was a success. Always in good hands with Dr Banffy and his staff,” said the fun-loving Von Moger on Instagram recently on his bicep surgery. “I feel so much better mentally now that I have this operation out the way. I can finally start rebuilding myself. And to top it off I got some encouraging words from Arnold @schwarzenegger during my PT this morning.” Von Moger has had a rough year but he’s on the road to recovery and is looking forward to hitting the gym again, where he will hopefully stop performing any more stunts and return to becoming one of the world’s top bodybuilders.