Charlie Sheen is undergoing a name change for the second Machete film, titled Machete Kills. It would seem that the “in the news” actor is going back to his roots.
Or is he?
According to what little is known about the next Machete film, we do know that 47-year-old Sheen was cast as President of the United States and he’ll be working along side Lady Gaga, Amber Heard, Vanessa Hudgens, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba and Danny Trejo.
If you take into account director and one man cottage industry Robert Rodriguez and his well known pride of heritage and combine the fact that the film’s main character, Danny Trejo’s Machete is an ex-Mexican Federale it makes sense.
It looks to us to be a “tongue in cheek” change in order to match the film’s theme, or an attempt to limit any negative publicity that the film may garner when it is released.
Sheen has had enough negative press to last him a life time. His very spectacular public meltdown that led to his departure from the hit television show Two and a Half men, seemed to indicate that the fun loving star who had a track record for, in his own words, epic win was on the slippery slope down from stardom.
Charlie has decided that his new name will be his own “real one” from henceforth, or until the shooting wraps on Machete Dos, he is Carlos Estevez.
Taking back his family name will no doubt make poppa Martin Sheen very happy. The patriarch of the Sheen clan has always said that he regretted not using his real name in the business; Ramon Gerardo Antonio Estevez. On a 2003 appearance for Inside the Actors Studio, he told host James Lipton, “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.”
Charlie has been fairly ambivalent about his name and his roots. Just last year he told Univision, “I don’t wake up feeling Latino. I’m a white guy in America.” But whether he is now feeling the spirit of his ancestors and doesn’t want to see Charlie Sheen on the marquee or if this change is just for the film Machete Kills remains to be seen.
When he initially changed his name at the ripe old age of 4, it seems he did this to avoid confusion with an uncle of the same name, he then opted to take his dad’s stage name when he started in the business. Although his brother Emilio chose to keep his birth name.
But public meltdowns and ethnic awareness aside, Sheen, or Estevez, is getting some positive press recently. Earlier this year, he payed $10,000 to a 15-year-old Florida girl so her dog could get rehabilitation for injuries sustained when she and her pooch fell 100 feet from a Wisconsin amusement park ride in 2010.
In a telephone interview from LA Charlie, or Carlos, said, “I like to pay it forward. People come into your orbit for a reason. You don’t always know what that is ahead of time, but if I ignore these requests then I don’t have any opportunity to see where these things lead us, or lead me.”
Machete Kills is due for release in September this year. So it remains to be seen whether the new, improved Charlie Sheen will keep his name change or if it was just for Machete Kills as some sort of “in-joke.” I guess we’ll find out in October after the film has opened.
By Michael Smith