The movie is based on the autobiography of Jim Carroll, which discusses his teenage years as a promising high school basketball player and writer who developed an addiction to heroin.
Mark Wahlberg starred as Mickey and says that due to his lack of acting experience, he felt DiCaprio didn’t see him as a contender for a serious movie about addiction.
“It wasn’t a disagreement. It was just, like, I think we both had a specific opinion about each other, certainly,” Wahlberg told Extra. “I was just, ya know, as a rapper, I was just kinda out-there and loud and crazy and all this stuff, and it was a very serious movie and this very serious part, and so the director of the film [the late Scott Kalvert], he had made all my music videos, he felt like I was more than capable to play the part.
“But no one had seen me act in a film, so I had to really kinda just go out there and prove myself,” he continued. “Once I finally got to the point where I was able to audition and read with him, then we just both kinda looked at each other, we were like, ‘Wow!’ We were literally out that night and we became fast friends.”
The film is set in late 1960s Hollywood at the peak of the Charles Manson murders and also stars Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.
DiCaprio will play the role of Rick Dalton, a former TV star, with Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) as his longtime stunt double. Dalton lives next door to Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie) who was brutally murdered by Manson’s followers in 1969.