Mark Wahlberg almost missed out on working with Leonardo DiCaprio

Los Angeles: Actor Mark Wahlberg says he almost missed out on the opportunity of working with Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio in `The Basketball Diaries` after treating the latter badly at a charity event.

The 42-year-old said DiCaprio objected to the idea of acting alongside him in the 1995 film.

"Leonardo was like, `Over my dead f***ing body. Marky Mark`s not going to be in this f***ing movie`" quoted Wahlberg as saying.

"We`d had a thing - I didn`t even realise it, (but) I was a bit of a d*** to him at a charity basketball game. So he was like, `This f***ing a**hole is not going to be in this movie.`" he added.

But casting director Avy Kaufman urged the “Titanic” star to change his mind and at least meet him.

"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***ing dude`s pretty good, right?` The next thing you know, boom, we`re hanging out," Wahlberg said.