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Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg Rocky Start on Basketball Diaries

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Although they are friends now, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg did not like each other in the beginning. Recently, Wahlberg shared his experience of working with Titanic star on The Basketball Diaries.

While both of them were already famous stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg first met on the set of The Basketball Diaries

Directed by Scott Kalvert, the film is based on an autobiographical novel written by Jim Carroll. The story revolves around the author’s troubled teenage years. In the film, Leonardo DiCaprio played the main character, Jim, who is a promising basketball player. On the other hand, Mark Wahlberg played Jim’s friend, Mickey, who is also on his high school’s basketball team. However, the high schoolers get into trouble frequently. When a close friend passes away, Jim starts using heroin and becomes an addict. This leads to him and his friends dropping out of the school and turning to crime. Although the film received mixed reviews and did not do that well on the box office, it brought Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg close.

Recently, Mark Wahlberg reminisced his rocky start with DiCaprio

Although they are friends now, they did not see eye to eye in the beginning. In an Instagram post, Mark Wahlberg shared a video of himself and Leonardo DiCaprio from the sets of The Basketball Diaries. In the video, we can see baby-face Leo and cheeky Wahlberg answering a question in a playful manner.


However, they did not have a great start and did not like each other. While talking about it, Mark Wahlberg said:

“We had a weird run in at an MTV Rock and Jock basketball game. I was performing in my underwear at half time and I think I had blocked a shot of his. I was a punk. I was a prick. I was not nice to Leo that day.”


Furthermore, he said:

“I was just, ya know, as a rapper, I was just kinda out-there and loud and crazy and all this stuff, and it was a very serious movie and this very serious part, and so the director of the film, he had made all my music videos, he felt like I was more than capable to play the part. Once I finally got to the point where I was able to audition and read with him, then we just both kinda looked at each other, we were like, ‘Wow!’ We were literally out that night and we became fast friends.”


After that, Leonardo DiCaprio also helped Wahlberg get the part in the cult-teen thriller, Fear. It became a stepping stone for his acting career. We are glad to hear that it all went well in the end.

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