Charlie Sheen appears in the upcoming Robert Rodriguez film “Machete Kills,” he’s just not using the name Charlie Sheen. According to TMZ, Sheen is credited in “Machete Kills” with his birth name, Carlos Estevez.
Sheen has said in the past that he took the name Charlie when he was a kid to avoid confusion with an uncle who was also named Carlos. Sheen’s father, Martin Sheen, was born with the name Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez; according to the New York Times, the 72-year-old acting legend took the stage name of Sheen as a tribute to Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. He also hoped it would get him more acting parts. Sheen never legally changed his name, however, and passed the Estevez name down to his four children, including to his son, actor Emilio Estevez.
“I started using Sheen, I thought I’d give it a try, and before I knew it, I started making a living with it and then it was too late,” Martin Sheen told James Lipton on an episode of “Inside the Actors Studio.” “In fact, one of my great regrets is that I didn’t keep my name as it was given to me. I knew it bothered my dad.”
Sheen/Estevez included, the “Machete Kills” cast could only be described as cuckoo bananas. Sofia Vergara, Mel Gibson, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lady Gaga all star. Danny Trejo plays the title Machete, but its Sheen who may have the best role: He’s reportedly playing the President of the United States.
For a look at Sheen in “Machete Kills,” head to TMZ. “Machete Kills” is out on Sept. 13.