Charlie Sheen wants to be called by his birth name Carlos Estevez. After employing his stage name for nearly 30 years, the “Anger Management” star will be credited using his birth name for his work in Robert Rodriguez’s film “Machete Kills,” set for a September release.
The 47-year-old actor, who is of Spanish and Irish descent, said in a 2012 interview with Univision that he hasn’t fully embraced his Spanish heritage. “I don’t wake up feeling Latino. I’m a white guy in America,” he explained. “I was born in New York and grew up in Malibu.”
“I wish I spoke more Spanish. I’m sure I can learn, but there hasn’t been a lot of time lately,” Sheen added. “It was never a part of my life growing up. My parents never infused it into our household.”
The former “Two and a Half Men” star told Univision he wanted to be called Charlie when he was just 4 years old so he wouldn’t be confused with his uncle, who shares his first name. “We would both respond to the name Carlos, so I changed my name,” the actor said.
Sheen’s Hollywood father, Martin Sheen, was born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez. The “Apocalypse Now” actor changed his name when he moved to Hollywood “Whenever I would call for an appointment, whether it was a job or an apartment, and I would give my name, there was always that hesitation and when I’d get there, it was always gone,” he said on “Inside the Actors Studio” in 2003. “So I thought, I got enough problems trying to get an acting job, so I invented Martin Sheen. I’ve never changed my name; it’s still Estevez officially.”
Martin Sheen went on to explain he chose the last name after Roman Catholic Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, who he believed to be a terrific tele-evangelist. He figured since everyone said he looked Irish, he might as well “surrender” to it and thus created Martin Sheen.
Check out Charlie Sheen’s -- excuse us, Carlos Estevez’s -- interview with Univision: