Feud with DiCaprio almost cost Wahlberg his first big film

By PTI Published on Jul 25, 2018 04:20 PM IST

Los Angeles: Actor Mark Wahlberg has revealed that he had a feud with Leonardo DiCaprio when they worked together in the 1995 film "Basketball Diaries."

The 47-year-old actor revealed during his address at the 2018 LEAP Foundation Conference that DiCaprio was not keen on having Walhberg in the film, which led to a brief dispute between the two.

"He didn't want me for the part, and I didn't think he was right for the part," Wahlberg said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "We both had to really learn how to respect each other, and we earned it," he added.

The film, directed by Scott Kalvert, featured DiCaprio, 43, as basketball player Jim who develops an addiction to heroin. It was the second feature for Walhberg, who had played the role of Mickey, after he had switched from music to acting.

After the film, Walhberg went on to star in features such as "Boogie Nights," "Planet Of The Apes" and "The Departed," in which he once again acted alongside DiCaprio.