Charlie Sheen to Univision about his Latino roots: “I’m a white guy in America” (video)
This is what you call a memorable interview.
By ANGIE ROMERO
Univision leading lady Maria Elena Salinas recently interviewed Charlie Sheen for Aqui y Ahora around his new show on Fox, Anger Management, and by the looks of it, the hard-partying actor still has some work to do in that department.
Watch him get all defensive and squirmy when asked about his Latino roots (we all know Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estevez but later changed his name to Charlie Sheen).
Confused? Here’s the complete guide to the true identity of Charlie Sheen and the Estevez family’s Latino roots.
Although his father, Martin Sheen, and his brother, Emilio Estevez, have remained somewhat connected to the culture (and have made bigger efforts recently via their joint memoir, Along The Way, and the movie of the same name), Sheen has obviously gone a different route.
But he does speak a little Spanish — we’ll give him that.
Our favorite bits from the interview below (shortened & edited). We took the liberty of translating what’s really going on in Sheen’s crazy head:
Maria Elena Salinas: Bienvenido, Charlie. ¿O te llamo Carlos?
Charlie Sheen: Charlie, Carlos, es igual. (what he’s really thinking: oh brother, I’m in for a treat.)
MES: ¿Por qué no utilizas tu nombre original?
CS: Because I didn’t want to get confused when I was growing up with my uncle Carlos. I have an uncle named Carlos and we’d both respond to the name (what he’s really thinking: I grew up in Malibu.)
MES: Are you in touch with your Latin roots?
CS: Yeah, a little bit, I mean, I don’t know what that means. What does that mean?
MES: Do you feel Hispanic, Latino?
CS: Uh…not always, no. I’m not saying I don’t embrace it, but I don’t wake up feeling Latino… I’m a white guy in America, you know what I’m saying? (what he’s really thinking: are we done here?)
MES: Do you have an attraction to Latin culture?
CS: Latin women, yes…and I went to Colombia, that was nice. I had a good time there, yeah…(what he’s really thinking: you ever seen the movie Blow with Johnny Depp? Well, we shot the sequel in Cartagena.)
Oh, Charlie…Please never go away. We need you in our lives for a good time.