Wahlberg said he almost didn’t get cast in the film The Basketball Diaries in 1995 because DiCaprio resented the way he was treated by his future co-star and wanted him off the movie. “Leonardo was like, ‘Over my dead f***ing body. Marky Mark’s not going to be in this f***ing movie,” he recalled to the The Hollywood Reporter.
Apparently, the 2 Guns star says DiCaprio was right to want him out of the movie.
“Because we’d had a thing — I didn’t even realize it,” Wahlberg explained. “[But] I was a bit of a d*** to him at a charity basketball game. So he was like, ‘This f***ing a**hole is not going to be in this movie.'”
However, Wahlberg didn’t give up and made sure DiCaprio caught wind of what a great actor he was by showing off his acting skills during the audition. Stubborn casting director Avy Kaufman got DiCaprio to agree and read with Wahlberg, although he did so very reluctantly.
“So I come in and I do the audition and I kind of look at him and he kind of looks at me,” he said. “And then we do a scene, and they’re like, ‘Hmm, this f***ing dude’s pretty good, right?’ The next thing you know, boom, we’re hanging out.”
It was just a couple of years later when Wahlberg agreed to star in the acclaimed film Boogie Nights that he began to be seen as a legitimate actor. And just like DiCaprio, he’s made a big name for himself in Hollywood, coming a long way from his younger “trouble-boy” days.