Ellen Page says Naughty Dog "ripped off" her likeness

Juno and Inception star says similarities between her and The Last of Us' Ellie were "not appreciated."

Inception star Ellen Page has said developer Naughty Dog "ripped off" her likeness for The Last of Us.

On Reddit, Page said the initial similarities between herself and The Last of Us' Ellie were "not appreciated" because she was also cast as Jodie Holmes in Beyond: Two Souls, which is due out for PlayStation 3 in October 2013.

"I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness," said Page, "but I am actually acting in a videogame called Beyond Two Souls, so it was not appreciated."

After initial comments regarding Ellie's resemblance to Page, Naughty Dog altered the design of the character to more closely resemble her voice actress Ashley Johnson.

Responding to Page's comments, Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann took to Twitter to praise the work of of Johnson. "Ellie from The Last of Us was perfectly played by @TheVulcanSalute. No one could've done a better job. Please go follow her and retweet."

PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last of Us launched two weeks ago. For more information, check out GameSpot's review.

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swordfishwhat
swordfishwhat

What likeness? Ellie is much more prettier than ellen page, and i bet Ellie is cooler too, heh heh ^^

kyle_krebs
kyle_krebs

Not saying that I think she should sue Naughty Dog but just to clarify for the people saying that you can't sue because of a face, there is such a thing as suing for the commercial use of likeness. I wrote a long comment explaining what that is but it got deleted when I tried to post because I wasn't signed in first haha. I'm too lazy to rewrite it so here's a link if anyone's interested: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personality_rights#United_States

Gabe7494
Gabe7494

Just for this, I'm not buying Beyond.

MaskRisen
MaskRisen

What's the big deal? Why because she didn't collect a check for it? That's the problem with actors nowadays. I see older actors go through extremes for a movie role, or make sacrifices to ensure that the movie is up to par. And she thinks that acting in a video game prevents her from showing up in another video game? How does being in Beyond Two Souls change anything? I think it should be flattering for them to want to use her likeness in a game. Hollywood is just too damn commercial with all these little bullshit ideas they focus on. Some people forget that they are actually human beings because the media makes them seem larger than life. Funny.

skunkpants
skunkpants

It took them this long to notice? I thought she was modelled after her when I saw the first trailer ND released.

mariet31
mariet31

Both games ('Beyond' and 'The last of us') are both are financed by Sony, so this this is like Sony's property, right? This doesn't make any sense...

mariet31
mariet31

Mmm... think about it, is she really suing Naugthy Dog for this? She just said "but I am actually acting in a videogame called Beyond Two Souls, so it was not appreciated." Can you really sue someone for a face. If this is true, I can see Natalie Portman suing Keira Knightley. lol

mariet31
mariet31

This is really stupid, you can't suing for a face. Do you know how many girls are in the world who look like Ellen Page? Is like hearing Natalie Portman suing Keira Knightley because the face of Keira appears in a video game. Do you understand what I'm saying? I think most of the comments of people who are defending her just because they are her stupid fans.

Do you realize what you are supporting? The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is probably the most ridiculous law ever created. There are companies patenting human DNA, and people like you are supporting this.

Pavlara
Pavlara

can somebody come up with a nicer way of sayin "just shut up and cash your checks"?

Mizkreant
Mizkreant

I'm surprised that other actors haven't complained before. Naughty Dog has a habit of making their characters look like actors who aren't involved with the game in any way. Nathan Drake looks just like Nathan Fillion, and again they didn't even bother to use a different first name. The female antagonist (I can't remember her name) from Uncharted 3 looked just like Helen Mirren. In the Last of Us, besides Ellie resembling Ellen Page and having a similar first name, Joel looks like Josh Brolin and the character "David" looks just like actor David Straithairn.

MasterOfSprites
MasterOfSprites

Okay screw it, as it appears no one that is leaving negative comments has any reason or is doing any research what-so-ever.  If they did they would know it was a harmless answer to an AMA question, she doesn't want to take action, and she isn't even offended by it.  She just prefers the game she acts in to be the only one that uses her image, and someone asked her a question specifically accusing another game of using her image and she answered accordingly.  BUT, it seems no one wants to think about that.  You all want to jump on this idiotic band wagon and call her a "bitch" and make all these sarcastic comments.  What is wrong with gaming journalism these days?  We have become the tabloids.  Always taking things out of context with no regard for the people we are harming in the process.

Magoto2007
Magoto2007

Now the screenshots from both games look almost the same. Just that The Last of Us girl is younger and has blue eyes. Specially on the first screenshots and artwork .

MrHerpes582
MrHerpes582

The bitch just wants to be heard. That's all.

gamergath
gamergath

Is it me, or did Naughty Dog's creative director just ignored Ellen Page's comment, there was no reason why Ellie from the Last of Us, looks like Ellen Page. WTF. Even their first 3 letter of their names are identical "Ell"!

talkcasual
talkcasual

did you ever notice how much Yoshi from Mario looks like Ellen Page.. same round face, same eyes. Foul play??

Kosyong
Kosyong

I thought it was Ellen Page all along until I saw the credits.  I mean it looked like & sounded like her.  I was surprise it wasn't her.

sumljivc
sumljivc

Naughty Dog...next time use balls (no, not those you pervs) as main characters as not to rip off the likeness of around 6 billion humans (we demand 1 dolla each nao btw for your continued use of bipedal mammals in your games. The nerve!)

MasterOfSprites
MasterOfSprites

People are really blowing her comment on Reddit out of proportion.  She didn't say she wanted to take action or she was super pissed.  She just said she would prefer it if her image was only used in the games she actually acts in.  The question she was asked directly asked her what she thought about her image being used in another video game.  It isn't like she went out of her way to bitch about it.

talkcasual
talkcasual

Just watched the video review for Deadpool. I was sure Ellen Page did his acting, but it appears it's not true

BudMcB
BudMcB

I didn't realize just how similar they looked until that side-by-side picture.

olcaydsr
olcaydsr

First time i watched last of us gaming video, i thought that Ellen Page acted her also. She is an actress, and her face belongs her own. If she goes court about this, she is going to win anyway. But in this new world everything has an advertisement advantage. She may not go court about this, but everbody will remember her an last of us actress also. 

She is a very promising actress and i shocked her performance at "Hard Candy". 

Before saying negative things, think her a proffessional actress. 

suprastaruk
suprastaruk

Its coincidence bitch, deal with it. lol.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

I wonder how many people out there look a bit like Ellen Page and feel a tad miffed that it's *her* likeness. I wonder who I may have ripped off by being born...

Dudeinator
Dudeinator

And this is how shit gets blown out of proportion.


It all starts with a comment in an AMA session on Reddit where she said that she didn't appreciate a video game character had her likeness without permission


and now suddenly we've got articles on the internet making it seem like she's making an attack on Naughty Dog for ripping off her image.


"Journalism" at its finest. Not specifically singling out Gaston, but if you're green-lighting this type of material to be published on this website, then you are part of the problem.

123whatever
123whatever

i think people are blowing this up much more than what she intended. its not like she came out on her own and said that... someone asked her that on an open reddit. its apparent what naughty dog was doing, duh - they're known to do that. it adds to the immersion. even though its an incredible game - im sure most of you would feel the same.. violated in some way. ffs ign/gamespot.. its not that big of a deal

playniko69
playniko69

I think she's pissed because Ellie is much better looking than her. 

Zero-954
Zero-954

Am I the only one that could care less for this game?

tingkagol
tingkagol

Yet another off-the-cuff comment blown out of proportion by the media.

SNor100
SNor100

Ellen Page needs to calm down. Her likeness was ripped off? So she admits she looks 14? Hell, she's acting like a 14 year old.

UltimateBohab
UltimateBohab

is there a ifference between the last of us $14 download and the $60 disc based?

r_ruiz6047
r_ruiz6047

Why is this dump shiit making gamespot news? All I care about is previews, reviews and news WORTHY articles. Gamespot, your not FOX so cut this shiit out.

rawrs
rawrs

Doesn't appreciate it?  I don't appreciate her terrible lackluster acting and overall uninteresting demeanor but I don't go around making articles about it.

If she really feels like getting technical about similarities then I for one can point out that there is as many not there then there is there.

Oh sure, they do look A BIT similar but look at the chin, nose, skin tone, face shape, and neck.

The chins between Ellens picture and Ellies differ.  Ellens tappers off into a bit of a jut while Ellies is more rounded out and smooth.  The skin tones between the two differ as well, they are both "white" but ellens complexion and skin tone are a shape darker then ellies, their lips look absolutely nothing alike nor do their noses.

So yeah I can completely see how they ripped her off,. The only thing naughty dog ripped off was the generic bland brunette look.   Ellen needs to hop off her high horse and just be happy shes still acting in a game at all.

talkcasual
talkcasual

and Ellie does not appreciate Beyond Two Souls ripping off her likeness

itsTolkien_time
itsTolkien_time

Classic shoddy journalism, Gamespot. Thanks for wasting everyone's time for the sake of page views.
Ellen's statement was inoffensive, non-aggressive, and warranted by the context in the Reddit AMA.

Timeaisis
Timeaisis

I didn't realize Ellen Page had a monopoly on Young, White, Brunette females that are kinda sarcastic.

Revl8n
Revl8n

Well, they're both white with brown hair.  I actually think the video game character is better looking.  Maybe that's why she is upset.

viperdesmith
viperdesmith

No, you're just determined to hate the game. The game it supposedly ripped off wasn't even made...

ibimon
ibimon

who the F&^K is ellen page? 

ryanreynolds
ryanreynolds

Is it really that much of a deal actually? Many many many developers are developing characters after somebody,using their likeness,facial structure and features,etc. Big f*cking deal.

It seems to me Page is actually b*tching about not receiving a fat one... check, that is than anything else.  


What next? She'll sue ND for using "her" facial features without permit?

Morfessa
Morfessa

--doesn't really look that much like her. Ellen Page is kinda cute, though.

ziproy
ziproy

Come back two days later and people are still saying that she doesn't

Fanboys will be fanboys. I just wish people obsessed about games that are actually worth being obsessed about

xxYetterxx
xxYetterxx

Well we've all being saying this since the very first trailer for Last of Us.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

After looking at a young Ashley Suzanne Johnson, I have to say I am not sure that they "RIPPED off" Ellen Page.  

http://www.starscolor.com/images/ashley-johnson-04.jpg   It does look like Ellen Page but also Young Ashley, or a lot of other average nondescript  YWF. 

Well, we will see what happens. I do wonder if it was or was not an attempt to be Ellen Page, as I have NO IDEA who that is. 

xeonexs
xeonexs

I thought they got her to act in it lol, yep its a rip

PsiZombie
PsiZombie

What a shame... if my face got introduced to a game like this, without my autority; I'd be honored instead of yelling about it.