Mark Wahlberg opens up about his past feud with Leonardo DiCaprio, what makes him feel depressed

“He didn’t want me for the part, and I didn’t think he was right for the part."

Mark Wahlberg arrives at the world premiere of "All the Money in the World." Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Years before they both appeared in “The Departed,” Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio had a bit of a beef.

Way back when Wahlberg was better known for his singing and underwear modeling, one of his first acting roles came in 1995’s “The Basketball Diaries,” which co-starred DiCaprio. On Tuesday, Wahlberg told an audience of 500 high school and college students at the 11th LEAP Foundation Conference at UCLA that neither he nor DiCaprio wanted the other as a co-star.

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


Wahlberg has discussed his feud with DiCaprio before. According to HuffPost, in 2014 he said it started because he had been a “punk” to DiCaprio during a basketball game.

“We had a weird run-in at an MTV Rock ‘n Jock basketball game,” he said at “The Gambler” world premiere, per HuffPost. “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.”

At Tuesday’s LEAP conference, Wahlberg also discussed feeling “depressed” when an arm injury disrupted his notoriously early morning routine, which he said begins at 3:30 a.m. with a 15-minute prayer followed by a workout, when a student asked how the actor maintains his motivation.


“When I was down and couldn’t do the things that I’m used to doing, I started to finally feel depressed — and I never get depressed,” Wahlberg said. “But [the motivation] is instilled in me.”