Leonardo DiCaprio Didn’t Want Mark Wahlberg to Be in ‘The Basketball Diaries’
Who knew these two A-listers hated each other back when they were young?
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Mark Wahlberg admits that he was “a bit of a d**k” to Leonardo DiCaprio back when they were just breaking out into the scene. In fact, Wahlberg says the acclaimed actor didn’t want him to star in 1995’s The Basketball Diaries because he hated his guts.
“Leonardo was like, ‘Over my dead f**king body. Marky Mark’s not going to be in this f**king movie,'” he recalls.
“We’d had a thing — I didn’t even realize it, [but] I was a bit of a d**k to him at a charity basketball game,” he confesses. “So he was like, ‘This f**king asshole is not going to be in this movie.'”
However, Wahlberg says that the two feuding stars eventually became friends after wowing one another at their auditions.
“So I come in and I do the audition and I kind of look at him and he kind of looks at me,” he tells the publication. “And then we do a scene, and they’re like, ‘Hmm, this f**king dude’s pretty good, right?’ The next thing you know, boom, we’re hanging out.”
Good thing too, or else who would’ve avenged Leo’s death in The Departed?