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."

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

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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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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.

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@SNor100 If you were a working actor you would be singing a different tune.

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@focuspuller @SNor100 Perhaps, but you gotta admit, its a little ridiculous. She has a current game roll, has been a lead in multiple movies, and is probably richer than any of us can even dream of being. She has nothing to really complain about.

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@focuspuller Right. It's not like she's suing fucking Naughty Dog. She's just saying she didn't like what they did is all.

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@SNor100 @focuspuller Again, if you were a working actor you would be singing a different tune.

What is ridiculous is that Naughty Dog thought they could release a game with a well known actor's image without facing some sort of action.

In point of fact, same game, an artist's rendering of a Boston Subway map was used without permission.

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

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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.

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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.

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@rawrs Hey I remember you from the gamefaqs tf2 board, small world, eh?

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Hey i remember you too. I still go onto the TF2 boards now and again.

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@rawrs

lol You're so mad for no reason. Naughty Dog has no idea who you are bro.

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@GONtheSKYLORD @rawrs

Not in the slightest, I just think Ellens a brat looking for attention and undue money.

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

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@talkcasual Well she did get paid for BTS =P

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I was talking about Ellie, not Ellen Page

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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.

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Dear Ellen Page: Shut up.

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

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FAAAAAAAAAAAAP

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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.

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@Revl8n Thats becouse they CHANGED the final model after the internet started comenting on the resemblance between the two, the final model looks more like her VA. but look at the game debut screenshot, that is undoubtelly ellen page, and if it werent they wouldnt backtrack to change a finalized model.

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

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Who Cares

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who the F&^K is ellen page?

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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?

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How stupid are you bro?

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Bro? Not as much as you apparently.

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@ryanreynolds Page is saying "but I am actually acting in a videogame called Beyond Two Souls, so it was not appreciated."

She never said she didn't like it.

She is in a game by Quantic Dream. QD paid big bucks for her image, acting and voice.

And there is a rival company releasing a game a few month before them with a character clearly inspired by their main actress.

Of course it isn't "going to be appreciated". From what I read QD has a problem with it. And I understand it, they invested money in her.

Even if it was Ellen Page with the problem. She is an actress. Her image is her own to sell. So yeah, Naughty dog can use a very clsoe image without saying "it's her". But I'd be pissed too if my image was used without my permission, and I am a nobody, not someone that lives off selling his image.

Let's just imagine your image used by a company you have nothing to do with that made a product with your likelyness selling millions and you get nothing. Yaay...

And she is even pretty correct about it. All she says is "it is not appreciated". She is not insulting, she is not suing, she is very correct about it and people are ready to lynch her. People... let's grow up and stop acting as spoiled gamers that see everything as black or white.

You don't like one sentence, and suddently "She is a bitch" plastered everywhere. geez.

Anyways, I just love the Last of Us. But at least I understand. And I did think it was her when I started playing the game. I actually thoutht she was voicing it too (since I thought they looked so alike and I am terrible with remembering voices).

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@Slash_out I'm not hating on Ellen Paige- i liked her very much in Inception and Juno,X-Men.

But think about it. Last of Us is a big budget game and ND, with Sony behind their back can afford do hire Paige. You don't think they were like "You know,let's model Ellie after that girl from Inception,that half the world went to see in cinema.I'm sure noone will notice that it looks like her!" , do you?

Maybe they noticed that Ellie looks like Paige in early stages of development and they thought "Hey,Ellie looks like Ellen Paige.We really like that girl in Inception/Juno, let's leave it like that."

Maybe ND should've asked for a permission, i don't know.
Anywas, i hope Ellen and ND can settle this. I don't care if Ellie looks like Paige or
Ilona Staller,really.

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@Slash_out thank you for being the light in this sea of fanboyism and ignorance. I love the last of us and i dont know too much about ellen page, other then her roles in juno and in inception. But I'm certainly not gonna jump on the bandwagon of hating Ellen Page for giving her own mature opinion.


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@Slash_out I completely agree with you, acting is like creative work (image, persona), if someone takes your (graphic design) work from google image and took it, made minor changes and called it theirs, i'd be pissed too

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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@PsiZombie Of course you would be. You are a nobody.


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@WeskerTeam @PsiZombie HAHAHA! Too good.

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"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."

Gosh, how mature.

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honestly I thought it "was" ellen p in tlou. So yeah she got a point..

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I guess it's a good thing both games are Playstation exclusive.

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oh noes, not appreciated, in other words the big fat check would be appreciated...

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Is she going to cry rip off on Murdered: Soul Suspect too?

http://cdn.steampowered.com/v/gfx/apps/233290/ss_4ce384e13e414e41a90c4eff7e3e255192bedf13.1920x1080.jpg?t=1371920191

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Like anyone cares ...

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@KorhalKk Gamespot learned that making polemical articles is good for popularity and Feedbackula !

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@dalua360 @KorhalKk how is this "polemical"?

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@dalua360 @Mausingen @KorhalKk Wasn't aware of its meaning as an adjective. Something new everyday.

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@Mausingen @dalua360 @KorhalKk Because you have two sides of the story.... I thought it was implicit

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@Mausingen @dalua360 @KorhalKk I hope Johnne Ferrethair show us how. More lulz for us. But I kinda think that game industry is running low on crystals. Not enough pylons...

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Of course she's frustrated. Why didn't Naughty Dog approach her in the first place? I don't think she'll mind about it. She's a cool girl but this kind of article is making her look bitchier than she actually is.
I bet everybody else would be upset too if somebody is getting credit and all the praise after ripping your likeness and label it as someone else.
Ellen's fault? She should've just stfu in the first place ? But this is not the case. She was replying to a question .
Anyhow, TLoU is one of best console game I've ever played in my whole life. I'll just pretend that this kind of article doesn't exist on GAMING WEBSITES. This shouldn't even be a news , come on.

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@Anakin198 http://www.starscolor.com/images/ashley-johnson-04.jpg

I wonder why they would even do such a thing.... I wonder how it looked before they changed it because as of now it looks like it could be almost any YOUNG White Female, as there are no defining characteristics that stick out. The CGI charter is nondescript IMHO.