Emilio Estevez spoke about the words his father, Martin Sheen, said to him when he was thinking about changing his name.
Sheen was born Ramón Estévez, however, due to stereotypes in the industry, he changed his professional name to Martin Sheen in 1958 to try to land more roles.
When he started trying out as an actor, Estevez said he also used the name Sheen because he thought it would help open doors in Hollywood.
However, he recalls that at the time, his father said, “Don’t make the same mistake I did.”
Estevez said that in 1967, his grandfather Francisco (born in Spain) went to see Sheen on Broadway in Frank D Gilroy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, The theme is roses.
When she saw her son’s new English name on the billboard, Estevez said Sheen saw her father “shake his head in disappointment”.
“He never got over that,” Estevez said. “So when the time came for me to start making those moves and doing the auditions, he said, ‘God, if I had one thing to do over, I’d never change my name. .’”
Sheen was first credited as Ramón Estévez on screen as an executive producer for Estevez’s 2011 film. Waywill soon be re-released in cinemas across the United States.
The film follows Sheen’s character walking on the Camino de Santiago after the death of his estranged adult son.
Sheen previously revealed her regrets about changing her name in an interview last year.
“Sometimes you get convinced when you don’t have the wisdom or even the courage to stand up for what you believe in, and you pay the price for it later,” he explains.
“My only influence on Emilio has been to keep his name,” west wing stars are added. “When he started, his agent advised him to change his name to Sheen and he didn’t. And I thank God he didn’t.”
However, Charlie, the second son of Martin, who is best known for his role in Complete any male house, took the stage name Sheen. His real name is Carlos Estévez.