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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They also asked Ellen Page what she thought of TLOU and she gave it an 8.0

hate fest :)

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@talkcasual That's my rating for it... As big of a production as it is, HONESTLY, I am enjoying the guilty pleasures of Deadpool far more, even though it is a paint-by-numbers game. Nolan North earned every penny for his involvement in the game!

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@talkcasual Ellen Page secretly Tom McShea confirmed?

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people have been saying this for a solid year, how is this just now news?

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lol?

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She's got a point! Found this in the TLOU bonus concept art:

http://www.popbunker.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/SUPER2.jpg

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Tom McShea > Ellen Page

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From the first trailer of last of us I already noticed that Ellie look a lot like Ellen page, even their name is very close. Then I saw her again in the trailer of Beyond so I thought Page got a good break by becoming a model for characters in two games, But now I know she had no participation in the creation of Ellie from last of us. I think ND really designed Ellie basing from Page (They are a Fan, hehe!), they just added some details to her looks so it will fit with the nature of the game.

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I thought everyone knew she looked like Ellen Page.

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Holy crap I knew her seen ella face from some where dang I never put the two together I feel so dumb lmao !!

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Before and after Ellie picture. It is not unreasonable at all that people thought the original Ellie model was after Ellen Page:

http://static02.mediaite.com/geekosystem/uploads/2013/06/new-ellie.jpg

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The original was as ugly as shit, lucky for us they stopped it on time.. If Ellie looked like that we would probably just have left her to die

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Give Ellen Page green iris' and freckles with a slightly younger look and she'll look exactly like Ellie, even her name is similar to hers. Ellie/Ellen, come on! Now give Ashley Johnson, those qualities and some short brown hair and she'll look exactly like her as well. I think if it wasn't a blatant replication of Page's looks, then if anything Ellie's looks are at least slightly inspired by her. It also could be a coincidence though, because Ashley Johnson does look like her after the first few seconds of comparing. Just give her a bit of Ellie's physical qualities and you can see Ashley.

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@Harxelithn what ashley johnson looks nothing like ellie

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@stan_boyd @Harxelithn Not really gonna argue, but her younger pictures do resemble Ellie a good amount. Ellen just happens to look like her a lot more.


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The character in the game is prettier than this girl Page.

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I have to agree. In fact, the first time I saw the game's character I immediately thought to myself "hey, they must of modeled her after Ellen Page." I'm not sure what the moral ramifications are of this but it's interesting :)

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SHE WAS ANSWERING A FORWARD AND LOADED (BTW) QUESTION ABOUT HER REACTION TO THE NEWS THAT EVERYONE ALREADY DECIDED WAS NEWS ARE YOU PEOPLE THAT RETARDED

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We got bored with Tom McShea, we now hate Ellen Page

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@talkcasual I hate Justin_G

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@talkcasual pleb

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Wait!?! Ellen Page is white?

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@eriklee what did you think she was?

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@aoneptune @eriklee Purple.

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also all the dumbasses saying they thought ellen page was in the last of us, you probably just knew that the last of us has a young girl in it, and that ellen page is doing a video game, and came to the stupid ignorant conclusion that ellen page was in the last of us.

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@Ayzed Thus the point of the rip-off. All the Ellen Page fans who were excited for Beyond Two Souls suddenly started paying attention to Last Of Us, thinking Page was in fact in two games. ND purposely ripped-off her look to garner attention from her fanbase.

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try and find side on prfile pictures of them both, then you'll see they actually look nothing alike.
you could put 500 young white girls all in a big line and probably 200 of the would look similar...

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@Ayzed Well, similar *enough.*

....

That would be a really, really big line.

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Why did Naughty Dog praise the work of Ashley Johnson for a character that looks like Ellen Page? lol!! That's kind of them. They didn't even address Ellen's concerns. It's pretty obvious that it was made from Ellen Page.

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They look so alike that I assumed she was involved with the game. Considering shes not its a blatant rip-off. Naughty Dog are indeed naughty....

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Ellen Page looks pretty generic, so if this is a rip off, you are a ripoff as well.

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I thought she WAS the actor and such for the character... ah well.

Sounds like she's annoyed that she didn't actually get the role itself. Reckons they robbed her likeness without paying her a fee and getting her in to voice the part.

Might track down a pic of the actual voice actress for this character. If they're equally similar then Ellen Page hasn't really got a case.

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Why is Ellen Page so popular, again? Seeing her in The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls doesn't entice me more to buy those games.

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I agree, I think Ellen Page ruins the game instead of helping it. Beyond Two Souls looks too much like The Ellen Page story, it feels like I'm playing Juno. Ashley Johnson did a perfect job for acting and voice acting Ellie, TLOU is lucky that Page didnt take a formal part in it

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@talkcasual juno had an invisible "thing" protecting her? why did she almost get raped then?

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@THMBZDownGNZUp FFFFFFAAAAAAAIL.

ThumbzDown, did you even READ the article?

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@mhj0808 Yes, I did. And what is the fail? What I mean was that Ellen Page was apart of the Last of Us but then decided not to do it, and now she is in Beyond: Two Souls. The new "Ellie" looks like any other 12 year old girl, why is she complaining? It looks nothing like her.

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@THMBZDownGNZUp @mhj0808 She was never even a part of The Last of Us. That's the thing. And Ellie looked a LOT more like her, but they changed the face right before release.

And Ellie is 14 by the way. Oh, and her name is ELLIE, and she just so happened to look like ELLEN page, just before they changed her? It's probably not a coincidence, and I think they changed Ellie's design because somebody realized it looked a bit too much like Page.

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@THMBZDownGNZUp are you a loser gamer addict or are you just 14?

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@Justin_G @THMBZDownGNZUp Lol stop white-knighting. Neither option makes sense, calm yourself. She isn't that great, last movie she was known for was Juno. What has she done since? Video games?

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/:) /:) ...

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always thought she was the actor for the game ever since the game was first announced. im surprise shes not in it.

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yea she does look a bit like her but Ellen Page has kind of a big ego i guess. Just cause you look like your 12 doesnt mean that you get to say that every 12 year old girl is trying to look like you.

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I thought they looked alike, but now that I see the two pictures together I don't really think they're similar except for the hair.

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@Total_mischief if you can find some of the beginning pictures of Ellie, like the E3 premiere trailer for the last of us a couple of years ago.

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@Total_mischiefHere I found the picture, and to compare look at the 2nd link.

http://www.gametrailers.com/side-mission/files/2012/02/The-last-of-us-joel-and-ellie.jpg

http://www.gamerzines.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/LOU.jpg

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Well, Eliie has a rare optimistic quality which really shines in this post apocalyptic hell of a place. She's not all doom and gloom, have you even played the game? She tells jokes, whistles and keeps it postive

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@talkcasual nothing screams playful like almost being killed in a post-apocalyptic hellscape

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The original has that "I'm depressed and wish I was dead" trademark Ellen Page look. It's not right for a survival game like TLOU, Ellie was rightfully made much stronger and playful

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@HookedonPhonicx See, I think the original defnitely screams Ellen Page, but the new one is more distinct.