Mark Wahlberg was already famous in 1997, but not for the reasons he wanted. At that point in his career, he was heavily known as Mark Mark, the leader of The Funky Bunch, and as a three-nippled Calvin Klein underwear model. Despite his appearance in the 1960s, DiCaprio was not even a star, but because of his real-life ability to play him in the NBA. However, he decided to make a decision between two films rather than doTit
Mark Wahlberg was already famous in 1997, but not for the reasons he wanted. At that time, he was primarily known as Marky Mark, the head of The Funky Bunch, and as a three-nippled Calvin Klein underwear model. Though his performance as a disgruntled Torrance in the 1970s Fear and another as a heroin addict in the 1995s The Basketball Diaries had not broken him out as a film star. According to a TV interview, Mark Wahlberg was
Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio had both been earmarked as professional performers in The Basketball Diaries in the mid-1990s, but it wasn''t known to him, and he was offered the role of Dirk Diggler for him in the 1997 film, according to Anderson. DiCaprio was then awarded the film for the role of Titanic, a major star. Here''s what Paul Thomas Anderson said of the story:
Because I was convinced that Leo would be in Boogie Nights, and he spent many months agonizing and debating about it. Finally, what I realized about halfway through that long decision-making process, is that he had a choice to make either to doTitanicor to doBoogie Nights, and he chose to doTitanic. Which, in the long run, ushered him into this massive worldwide fame, but on the one hand, I think maybewe laugh now
It''s not difficult to tell why Leonardo DiCaprio initially wanted DiCaprio to be a star in the role of Three Kings and The Perfect Storm (which led to uh, Tim Burtons Planet of the Apes). Even though DiCaprio initially had an incredible influence in A Boys Life and Whats Eating Gilbert Grape, which was his first Academy Award nomination at the age of 19. The role of a sensitive (if not too bright) on-screen prodigy feels like
Mark Wahlberg was a bad boy at that time. His hip-hop career had positioned him as a tough-talking, ab-showing rapper, and his real-life history of violent crime and multiple arrests gave some actual cred to that. Despite his remarkable appearance, Mark Wahlberg was a fugitive and violent teenager who later referred himself to as a train-wreck.
Boogie Nights ended up being Mark Wahlberg''s first person in the film series Titanic (and Paul Thomas Anderson as one of Hollywood''s new stars) but it was also swamped by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film series, which ran for the past several decades, but it''s really interesting to imagine those iconic roles becoming reality.