A very young Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio in happier times

The 42-year-old actor didn't realise he had infuriated the 39-year-old star until it came to him auditioning for 1995 drama movie 'The Basketball Diaries', and he claims Leonardo – who played main character Jim Carroll in the film – was determined to make sure Mark didn't land a part in the motion picture.

Speaking in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, he said: “Leonardo [DiCaprio] was like, ‘Over my dead f***ing body. Marky Mark’s not going to be in this f***ing movie.’

"Because we’d had a thing - I didn’t even realise it, [but] I was a bit of a dick to him at a charity basketball game.

"So he was like, ‘This f***ing asshole is not going to be in this movie.’ "

Despite the initial animosity, Mark impressed the producers and landed the role of Mickey and the pair ended becoming really good friends.

He added: "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***ing dude’s pretty good, right?’

"The next thing you know, boom, we’re hanging out.”