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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I don't think they look a-like because Ellen is far prettier. Plus her game is going to be SO much better than The Last of Us. Actual acting and WORKING always pays off in the end.

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@CheckMate0289 umm.... what?

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if you do like at the side by side photo it reallly does look like her

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Never heard of Ellen Page. She should be thanking Naughty Dog.

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@Defender1978 Yep, never heard or seen her before.

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@Defender1978 That's because you don't know there is a world outside video games. FYI Ellen Page is more than know for Juno, Hard Candy, X-Men: The last stand, and of course, a little movie NOBODY knows: Inception.

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@skyx26 Yeah you're right, because you didn't see a few movies means that you are a complete ignorant of the outside world.

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@AlkaPorty Saying something like "She should be thanking Naughty Dog" it's pretty much the same, like if Ellen was an unknown actress. My comment wasn't aim to you but to Defender1978.

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@skyx26
Wow... what the hell are you talking about? Did anybody said that she wasn't talented or even said something bad about her?
Not because someone doesn't know her means she is untalented and that his sh*tting on her...

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@AlkaPorty Whatever men, Ellen Page is a very talented actress. If you don't know her work, then STFU and don't sh*t about her without knowing what she does, and why she do it. Why should she be thanking Naughty Dog???, because one guy who doesn't know her says so? Geeez...

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@skyx26 I think he meant to say that no one cares... Nobody think Ellen Page when they think of Inception. Honesly, she was only there so they have someone passive and clueless to explain the plot to....

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@skyx26 You know what i forgot she was in inception lol need to watch that again

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Lol twice i have been flamed for saying ellie in the game is "like 9yrs old" while just being sarcastic trying to get a point across.. They correct me with like passion and rage like HOW DARE I MESS THAT UP.. Wow nobody is impressed that you know everything about a 14yr old girl you creeps.. I know this will keep you awake at night but..she is not even real.. She is a cytofuck between two full grown women, one of which who looks like a 12yr old boy.. And technically she is only about a week old if you want to carbon date her pixels

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@spindie Ah, there goes the point of your comment. Looks like I missed it.

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@spindie Troll confirmed

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Damn i have been looking for likes in all the wrong places

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Wow~ before I read this article, I totally thought that the character was licensed Ellen Page!! :-)

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@SEEDman_X Me too. I think it's a bit sad of Naughty Dog - but they're not the first ones to do this. As games become more photorealistic, we need to model real faces in order to avoid barbie-doll/glamazon/uncanny valley territory.

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hahaha, Page was honestly the first person I thought of when I first encountered Ellie... I love how their first names are so alike as well; Naughty Dog could not have made it more obvious.

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Taken straight from the TLOU concept art

http://i.imgur.com/bV6XqIi.jpg

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Anyone else think, that if beyond two souls wasn't a thing or perhaps in Ellen page didn't star in it, people would've never have said oh Ellen page played Ellie?

There's a PS Exclusive coming out soon with Ellen page in it, oh here's the last of us, that must be the game Ellen page is in I mean she's called Ellie and it's a PS exclusive, yup has to be it, easy to get confused.

If Ellen Page wasn't in Beyond two souls, would people have said Ellie is Ellen page?

If Ellie wasn't called Ellie but was instead called Joanne would people get confused and still think it's Ellen page?

Maybe, maybe not.

Does Ellen have a case? Perhaps, maybe Ellen inspired the character some what, but it's not a friggen carbon copy of her, Mad max heavily inspired fallout 3, but you don't see the creators of that suing Bethesda.

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@NotGeorge Also, you don't see Ellen Page suing Naughty Dog. The article could not possibly say less about suing than it does. Just FYI.

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@NotGeorge I thought Ellie looked like Ellen Page from the moment I saw her.

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@NotGeorge Except The Last of Us debuted first and many made the connection minutes after the first trailer was released and I don't recall anyone knowing at the time that Page was a part of another project. Beyond Two Souls wasn't shown until much, much later. The original rendering of the character looked A LOT like her.

http://media.officialplaystationmagazine.co.uk/files/2012/05/Screen-shot-2012-05-17-at-1.12.14-PM.png

The updated version not so much: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-rnPGvtlcqNU/UTkXoLb71uI/AAAAAAAABwo/FK1xnh6Ecnk/s1000-fcrop64=1,00000000fffff81a/T1_BW_Double_Ellie_01.jpg


Besides this is getting way over blown and it wasn't said with some sort of malice as the "media" is turning a non-story into a big deal. Hell, she even referred someone to the actress who portrayed Ellie on Twitter with a smiley face at the end the same day she wrote that message on Reddit.

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BAHAHA!!!... *sigh*. You gotta love what hollywood brings to the world...

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Are you talking about Naughty Dog or Ellen Page?

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Miss attention.

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@sr_arthur3 lol

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She should be flattered.

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@clr84651 She should be flattered that they used her fanbase to garner attention for themselves? And then slapped in her the face when she called them on it?... Yeah... Flattering indeed...

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So you're a member of the Ellen Page fanbase and got this game so you could play with a 14yr old version of her? Guess what, I got it because it was made by ND and looked awesome

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@talkcasual @mojoboy31 I think they look too similar, and the name thing is just way too big of a coincidence.

I'm not saying ND is wrong for using any celebrity as a template for their characters, or that Ellie is entirely unoriginal.

I just feel like ND's response to the whole thing was just bad form.

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@mojoboy31 @talkcasual I'm in the middle of my 2nd playthrough of TLOU. Love this game, love Ellie's character and I'm very partial about Ellen Page. I didn't get any vibe that Ellie is her at all.. I did notice her 1st thing when I saw BTS though

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@talkcasual No, actually. I've never played Last Of Us. I've seen game footage of it, but nothing else. I liked Page in Inception, but I'm no super fan. I've never even seen another of her movies, and let's be honest, the reason to see Inception is the fact that it's a Christopher Nolan film.

However, I did pay more attention to Last Of Us after I saw the first trailers, thinking Page was involved.

I'm upset, because I feel like what ND was wrong, and when they had a chance to say something about it, they slapped Page in the face, gave her the finger, and praised Johnson for being awesome. That's just bad form.

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@clr84651 you should be flattered... that you're not drooling at the mouth right now, being fed mashed peas.

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Dumb ass!

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@EL_Bomberdor ok. is that... is that relevant? no? ok.

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@Justin_G

You should be flattered someone pays for you internet connection.

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@clr84651 @Justin_G you should be flattered to have someone a bit smarter then you.

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I am SO furious with my twin bro right now...

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Edited By EL_Bomberdor

Posted this before and feel weird posting celebs as teens. This is Megan Fox as a teen. I think she looks more like Ellie at that age, as you can see, normal women change in appearance when getting older, maybe not Ellen Page.

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retards only -- surrender your brain for cheap jokes.


plebs... ahaha, i'm going to use this terminology from now on... Plebeian is perfect word to describe the swathes of retards bashing for the sake of defending their brand loyalty, and defending their insurmountable need to be heard above the people with more success. LOLOLOL

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OMG she's right! Isn't this the exact scene where Ellie rides a horse? http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Film/Pix/pictures/2010/4/7/1270660064075/Ellen-Page-001.jpg

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http://imgur.com/pB6rvjq