Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Mark Wahlberg is opening up about his past basketball beef with the Wolf of Wall Street.
While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the Pain & Gain star, formerly known as Marky Mark, revealed the story behind his former feud with Leonardo DiCaprio, admitting he almost didn't get cast in the 1995 flick The Basketball Diaries alongside the erstwhile Titanic star after he was a "bit of a d--k" to the big-wig A-lister.
"Leonardo was like, 'Over my dead f--king body. Marky Mark's not going to be in this f--king movie,'" the 42-year-old hottie recalled.
However, Wahlberg admits DiCaprio's ill-willed sentiments were fully warranted at the time.
"Because 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. So he was like, 'This f--king asshole is not going to be in this movie.'"
But thanks to casting director Avy Kaufman, who urged DiCaprio to read with Wahlberg, the 39-year-old stud had a change of heart.
"So I come in and I do the audition and I kind of look at him and he kind of looks at me, and then we do a scene, and they're like, 'Hmm, this f--king dude's pretty good, right?'" Wahlberg remembered with a laugh. "The next thing you know, boom, we're hanging out."
While the Boogie Nights heartthrob didn't lose out on his role in The Basketball Diaries, Wahlberg revealed that he did indeed fail to land the lead in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook.
The titular role instead went to Bradley Cooper, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work, and Wahlberg admits he was hurt by Russell's casting decision, after he pushed for the screenwriter to direct 2010's The Fighter, which Wahlberg not only starred in but also helped produce.
"We did have a little bit of a parting of the ways," he revealed, sharing that the twosome have since made amends. "I was upset for a while. I'm not anymore."