Mark Wahlberg says he and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio butted heads

Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio have starred in two films together — 1995’s The Basketball Diaries and 2006’s The Departed — but it wasn’t always smooth sailing.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wahlberg referenced past turmoil with DiCaprio in a speech he gave Tuesday at the annual LEAP Foundation conference at UCLA. LEAP is a leadership program aimed at high school and college students.

Wahlberg told the 500 students in attendance that he and DiCaprio initially clashed over their roles in The Basketball Diaries. The drama, based on late poet Jim Carroll’s journals, starred DiCaprio in the lead role, with Wahlberg cast as his friend, Mickey.

“He didn’t want me for the part, and I didn’t think he was right for the part,” Wahlberg admitted. “We both had to really learn how to respect each other, and we earned it.”

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Marky Mark (Wahlberg) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo by Kevin Mazur Archive/WireImage)
Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio at Club USA, New York, March 1993. (Photo by Steve Eichner/Getty Images)
Marky Mark (Wahlberg) and Leonardo DiCaprio during Leonardo DiCaprio File Photo in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Mark Wahlberg, Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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Mark Wahlberg, James Madio, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Patrick McGaw hanging from bus in scene from the film 'The Basketball Diaries', 1995. (Photo by New Line Cinema/Getty Images)
American actors Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio attend the premiere for the film 'The Basketball Diaries', USA, 1995. (Photo by Rose Hartman/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 18: Leonardo DiCaprio gets an earfull from Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark) at party following the screening of the movie 'Basketball Diaries.' DiCaprio stars in the film., (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Mark Wahlberg & Leonardo DiCaprio during The Concert for New York City - Backstage at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26: (L to R) Actors Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio attend the Warner Bros. Pictures premiere of 'The Departed' at the Ziegfeld Theatre September 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Mark Wahlberg, nominee Best Actor in a Supporting Role for ?The Departed? and Leonardo DiCaprio, nominee Best Actor in a Leading Role for ?Blood Diamond? during the The 79th Annual Academy Awards - Show at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 25: Leonardo DiCaprio (R) celebrates with Mark Wahlberg after director Martin Scorsese won the award for Best Direction for 'The Departed' during the 79th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 25, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: (L-R) Actors Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio attend The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annual Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Actors Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio pose onstage during the Presentation of Grants at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's 2011 Installation Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on August 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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The film marked Walhberg’s second movie role, following a minor part in the 1994 Danny DeVito military comedy Renaissance Man. At the time, he was best known for his music career and Calvin Klein underwear campaigns. A 1994 Los Angeles Times article reports that the then-rapper had to read for the part six times, and “talked trash” with DiCaprio on the set.

Wahlberg added that he and DiCaprio eventually resolved their issues. They went on to star in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed — for which Wahlberg earned an Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category — and have been photographed together at basketball games and Hollywood functions.

Wahlberg has referenced his DiCaprio drama before. In a 2015 interview with HuffPost, he admitted being a “punk” to his co-star.

“We had a weird run-in at an MTV Rock and Jock basketball game,” he recalled. “I was performing in my underwear at halftime, 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.”

He also shared that he once turned up eight hours late to a reading, which “pissed” DiCaprio off.

“Leonardo said, ‘No way, I’m not making a movie with Marky Mark,’” Wahlberg claimed. 

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Donnie Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg during 1991 MTV Rock 'n Jock Basketball in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg at the premiere of 'The Truth About Charlie' at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, Ca. Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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Donnie Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg and guest during 'Boogie Nights' Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Mark Wahlberg, James Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage for Bragman Nyman Cafarelli)
Singer Mark Wahlberg and singer Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids on the Block visit 'The Joan Rivers Show' on December 2, 1992 at CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.
VARIOUS, VARIOUS - JUNE 09: Mark Wahlberg and Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids On The Block pose backstage during a circa 1991 concert. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Actor Donnie Wahlberg and actor Mark Wahlberg attend the 'Boogie Nights' Hollywood Premiere on October 15, 1997 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Donnie Wahlberg, their mother Alma Elaine Wahlberg, chef Paul Wahlberg and Mark Wahlberg attend the grand opening of Wahlburgers on October 24, 2011 at the Hingham Shipyard in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Marc Andrew Deley/FilmMagic)
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He added that he had his own doubts about DiCaprio, whose role required playing basketball.

“He wasn’t a New York street guy basketball player,” Wahlberg told HuffPost. “I was like, ‘I’ve seen this dude play ball!’ So we both had a bit of a chip on our shoulder. But we started reading the scenes — and I looked at him and he looked at me — and I was like, ‘Oh, s***. This guy is good.’”

And the rest is Hollywood history.

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