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Naughty Dog 'ripped off' Ellen Page's likeness for The Last of Us, the actress has claimed.

The Juno star, who is appearing as Jodie Holmes in this October's Beyond: Two Souls, made the claim during a Reddit AMA, stating that her similarity to character Ellie was "not appreciated".

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

Ellie's appearance has often been likened to Page. A GameTrailers report posted last June claims that Naughty Dog had been aware of the similarity between the two and were worried that players "might confuse Ellie for Ellen".

The report claims that Page "didn't even serve as the inspiration for Ellie". However, the developer went on to make changes to Ellie nonetheless to ensure their character could "stand on their own two feet".

The Last of Us launched earlier this month, debuting at the top of the UK All-Formats Charts.

Source: Reddit

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Posted 14:23 on 24 June 2013

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altaranga's Avatar


In other news singer Elaine Paige is angry with Ellen Page for having a similar sounding name.
Posted 22:56 on 24 June 2013
Los_VALOS's Avatar


You could almost say Ellie was.. ripped straight from the Page.
Posted 22:41 on 24 June 2013
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Ellie doesn't look much like her now, but in the early stages when the game was first revealed I thought the resemblance was much closer. I don't think it's out of the question that they used her facial likeness until they molded it into something a little more unique.

I'd think she should take it as an honor, really haha. But yeah, the headline blows her "anger" way out of proportion.
Posted 18:18 on 24 June 2013
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I say so what if she has a slight resemblance to her, I'm sure somewhere out there in the world there is someone else who looks very similar to Ellen. The inspiration could have come from someone who happens to look a lot like her, who knows. This seems a very grey area for video games, it's only in recent years this kind of story has become possible with the now insane graphics and depth put into characters. (Far as I know there haven’t been any other claims like this).

I just hope that it doesn't spiral out into developers having to constantly alter characters because they look like a certain person who could then go out and claim that they "stole their likeness". If they are involved with the game such as Ellen is with Beyond Two Souls then fair enough, if not, then don’t expect something for nothing because it “looks like it could be you”.

Also @Bloodstorm.... Brilliant XD
Posted 16:56 on 24 June 2013
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Posted 14:23 on 24 June 2013

BrySkye@ Endless

Well, these days game developers/publishers tend to pay actors for using their likeness, or they pay royalties.
That's more the point, that if there was an intentional likeness (not that it seems to be) to her, it wasn't done with permission.

Famously, the likes of Carrie Fisher sold their likeness in regards to Star Wars upfront, so she doesn't get royalties for any merchandise, which is why she jokes about having to pay George Lucas every time she looks in a mirror.
Posted 13:59 on 24 June 2013
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Yeah, the resemblance is there but it is only slight. Maybe she took the name Naughty Dog to literally.
Posted 13:46 on 24 June 2013
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Roland_D11@ Syme

I think the headline is ok.

Yes, she just responds to a question. She could have been diplomatic: "I don't think there is much resemblance." or "I haven't seen enough of that game." or something else. But instead she chose to attack Naughty Dog.
Posted 13:33 on 24 June 2013
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Endless@ FantasyMeister

I don't get it. It's no different from an actor playing a role in multiple films of different genres. Or does that mess with your head as well? lol
Posted 13:27 on 24 June 2013


She's just responding to a Reddit question, the headline makes it sound like she's attacking Naughty Dog. She's probably not aware the game was in production before Beyond and that Ellie's likeness was changed to make her look less like her when it was revealed she would be in Beyond.
Posted 13:26 on 24 June 2013
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I think she needs to get off her high horse and realise that the 'similarity' is only slight at best.
Posted 13:17 on 24 June 2013
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I don't see the resemblance personally. I remember Jessica Chobot popping up in Mass Effect 3 as Diana Allers, recognised her straight away, less an uncanny valley moment and more a 'jeez, there goes my immersion' moment.
Posted 11:46 on 24 June 2013
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It's weird seeing a news story about a game ripping off some ones face, Kind of shows how far into the uncanny valley we've gotten.
Posted 10:28 on 24 June 2013

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