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Now there are two of the shining stars of Hollywood, but back in 1995, there were two promises that were trying to carve out a career in the entertainment world. What is certain is that Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg took two very different paths to get to the top of the film industry.
In 1995, Leonardo was 21 years old, had been nominated for an Oscar for her work in Who loves Gilbert Grape?and during his adolescence he had become an actor usual several television series. Mark, for his part, he was 24 years old, was part of a rap group, called Marky Mark, and had starred in a famous advertising campaign from Calvin Klein alongside Kate Moss.
Now, in 2018, Wahlberg has been granted a interview to Extra, where it has been recognized that the two actors had their most and their least during the filming of Diary of a rebelthe first film where they worked together.
“It was a disagreement. Only that I think that, without a doubt, we both had an opinion specific to each other. I was just, you know, as a rapper, he was a little bit outside of himself, he was strong and crazy and all these things. It was a movie and a role very seriously, so Scott Kalvert, the director of the film, that it had made all my music videos, I believed that I was more than able to do the role”.
“But no one had seen me acting in a film, so I had to go out and prove myself,” he continued. “Once I finally got to the point that I was able to audition and read with him, we looked at each other and said: ‘Wow!’, Literally we left there that night and we became friends quickly.”
Anyway, that was not precisely what he told Wahlberg to The Hollywood Reporter previously. As he describes it, the reaction of DiCaprio when he learned that he would be in the film was at least as hostile: “Leonardo said something as well as ‘over my dead body. Marky Mark’s not going to be in this movie’. I behaved with him, something wrong in a game of basketball for charity, so he said ‘This fucking asshole is not going to be in this movie'”.
However, the casting director Avy Kaufman convinced DiCaprio to do an audition next to Wahlberg. “I went in there and did the audition, I looked at him, he looked at me, and made a scene, and said: ‘This guy is pretty good, right?”.
That happened, and all we know is that it took 11 years for the couple to go back to work together in Inflitrados, by Martin Scorsese.
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