Martin Sheen is talking openly about one of his biggest regrets. The West Wing actor was recently asked about his kids, Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estévez, becoming actors in a recent interview with Closer magazine, which led to him discussing altering his name from Ramón Estévez.
Sheen claims he was “so self-involved and trying to be a provider that I wasn’t conscious of their tendency to be performers.” He continues, “The only impact I had on Emilio was to maintain his name.”
When he first started out, “his agency was pushing him to alter his name to Sheen and he wouldn’t do it,” Sheen explains. “And I praise God that he didn’t,”
The 81-year-old actor claims that altering his identity, which he allegedly did in an effort to land more acting opportunities, is “one of my regrets.”
“My name was never formally altered. On my birth certificate, Ramón Estévez is still shown as my name. It appears on my marriage licence, passport, and driver’s licence “He observes. “Sometimes you give in to persuasion because you lack the wisdom or even the fortitude to stand up for what you believe in, and you end up paying for it later. Of course, I’m only speaking for myself.”
Sheen is proud of his lineage and claims that one of his favourite film projects was a tribute to his father, Francisco Estévez, who was born in America to an Irish mother and a Spanish father.
“The Way is the one that makes me feel the most grateful and content. We created it in Spain and dedicated it to my father, a Galician, who made the trip to Santiago de Compostela “Sheen recalls to the publication. “My son Emilio Estévez wrote, directed, and starred in it. The decision was the best one I’ve ever made. Thousands of people have watched the movie and been motivated to make the trek. That gives me a lot of satisfaction and pride.”