The actor is going back to his birth name and Latino roots, using the moniker Carlos Estevez in the trailer for action film "Machete Kills," which was shown in theaters this weekend.
A screen grab of the thiller's intro shows a crimson and black portrait of Sheen posing with a gun and says, "And introducing Carlos Estevez." It is said to be the first time in his professional career that Sheen will be billed by his birth name.
The 47-year-old, born Carlos Irwin Estevez, plays a U.S. president who tasks assassin Machete Cortez (
Why would the
And Rodriguez has gotten a rep for giving tarnished stars a second chance. (We're looking at you Mel Gibson and
Sheen's camp did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Sheen, the former star of
His brother Emilio Estevez decided to keep the family name and dad Martin Sheen, born Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estevez, regrets changing his name, which he did to get more acting gigs.
"I thought, I got enough problems trying to get an acting job, so I invented Martin Sheen," he told
"It's still Estevez officially. I never changed it officially. I never will. It's on my driver's license and passport and everything. 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. 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."
Maybe this is Carlos' way of vindicating his dad. We'll see if the change is permanent.
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