Charlie Sheen seems to finally be embracing his Latino roots.
Sheen plays the President of the United States in the film “Machete Kills,” which was directed by Robert Rodriguez and includes a star-studded Latino cast. In a screen grab of a credit in the film, Sheen is seen holding an assault rifle and is identified as Carlos Estevez, his birth name.
Sheen’s father, Martin, an Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor who’s starred in big budget films like as “Apocalypse Now!” and “The Departed,” was originally born Ramon Estevez before changing his name to land acting roles. Martin’s father was a Spanish immigrant.
Charlie Sheen’s brother, Emilio Estevez, chose to honor his birth name and acted and directed under that name. Martin Sheen has expressed regret for not keeping his birth name.
In an interview last July with Univision to promote his new show “Anger Management” on FX – and after his public meltdown that led to his ouster from “Two and A Half Men” – Charlie Sheen spoke about how he felt about his Latino heritage and whether he felt Latino.
“I’m not saying I haven’t embraced it, but I don’t wake up feeling Latino,” Sheen told Univision. “I’m a white guy in America, you know what I’m saying?”
Sheen also said he wished he had learned more Spanish growing up and said he loved Latino food and women – but he said he didn’t have time to learn about his culture and didn’t grow up with it.
But now, he seems to be getting in touch with his Latino side – at least for the movie.
“Rodriguez films often celebrate Latino pride (think "El Mariachi," "Desperado," "Machete") so Sheen is just getting into the spirit of the campy thriller about a rampaging Mexican assassin,” said TMZ, which first reported the story.
“Machete Kills” feature a hodgepodge of Latino stars, including Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana and Antonio Banderas. The film is a sequel to the “Mexploitation” film “Machete” and again stars Danny Trejo as Rodriguez’s “Mexican Charles Bronson,” an ex-Federale who fights for Latinos and the undocumented.
The movie will also feature Mel Gibson, who is trying to get his career back on track after arrests and a racial remarks caught on tape.
Looks like Gibson and Sheen (or Estevez) will have a lot to discuss.
The film is expected in theatres in September.