Actor Charlie Sheen, born Carlos Irwin Estevez, doesn't feel Latino, he says. In an interview with Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas, he notes that he has an attraction to Latin women and Latin food, but says that his affiliation with Latino culture ends there.
"I'm a white guy in America, you know what I'm saying," Sheen says with some laughter. "I'm not disgraced by it, and I don't run from it. But you know, I was born in New York and grew up in Malibu. That's not very Latino."
Salinas asks Sheen, whose grandfather was Spanish, why then the rest of his family feels affiliated with Hispanic culture and why he decided to changed his name. He responds that he changed his first name to avoid confusion with his uncle who was also named Carlos, and he changed Estevez to “Sheen” when he became an actor.
Some are classifying the interview with one word: awkward. Guanabee, a Latino culture website, notes that Sheen’s tone is dismissive, and Salinas, the Univision host, seems annoyed.
“Charlie, while moving around uncomfortably, tries to play it cool even after making it clear that he doesn't give a shit,” Guanabee writes. “But Maria pushes the bit, making the interview nothing but awkward."
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Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez
US actor Martin Sheen (R) arrives with US director Emilio Estevez for the Premiere of their latest film 'The Way' in central London on February 21, 2011. AFP PHOTO / MAX NASH (Photo credit should read MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Actor Martin Sheen attends the one-night reading of '8' presented by The American Foundation For Equal Rights & Broadway Impact at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
'The Way' Photocall
MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 10: Actor Martin Sheen (L) and director Emilio Estevez (R) attend 'The Way' photocall at the Ritz Hotel on November 10, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 19: Emilio Estevez attends the Career Achievement Award ceremony honoring Martin Sheen during the 47th Chicago International film festival at the AMC River East Theater on August 19, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
Premiere Of "8"
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Actors Martin Sheen (L) and Ramon Estevez arrive at the premiere of '8' presented by The American Foundation For Equal Rights & Broadway Impact at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Martin Sheen's son, Charlie Sheen, arrives at Comedy Central's Roast of Charlie Sheen held at Sony Studios on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
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