Actress Ellen Page Comments on Last of Us Protagonist Ellie

Speaking during a Reddit AMA actress Ellen Page claimed that Naughty Dog stole her likeness for protagonist Ellie from The Last of Us. Page is working with Quantic Dream on its game Beyond: Two Souls. She has done motion capture with the studio as well as voice acting for her role as Jodie Holmes, a young troubled woman.

"I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness," she wrote when asked by Reddit user MozeoSLT if she was aware of how much she looks like protagonist Ellie from The Last of Us. "But I am actually acting in a video game called Beyond Two Souls, so it was not appreciated."

The Sony-published The Last of Us, which launched last week for PlayStation 3, features Ashley Johnson who was motioned captured and voice acted for the role. Shortly after AMA comment, Naughty Dog's creative director Neil Druckmann tweeted a response backing Johnson's performance.

"Ellie from The Last of Us was perfectly played by @TheVulcanSalute," tweeted Neil Druckmann. "No one could've done a better job. Please go follow her and retweet."

Source: Polygon



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    Zen says:

    I have a feeling a lot of people are seeing this because they are being told what to see before hand.  If you take the original design (which they admitted was based on Ellen Page), a picture of Ellen Page, and then the final art of Ellie and then look at them in sections (eyes, tip/bridge of nose, chin, jaw, forehead, complexion, cheeks, etc) you notice how many of them are actually different on the final work from the other two.  The only real connection is that it is a young looking really small which girl with brown hair…which is REALLY common lol.  

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    Longjocks says:

    It's easily possible an Ellen Page fan is on the design team. It's equally possible that an artist's daughter or niece looks like that and it's modeled off her. Either way, there are thousands of girls out there that probably look similar. Even if it was a business decision where someone went "Hey, the look I'm after is kinda like Ellen Page" then I don't see a problem since they've not copied her exactly and just used a particular look for inspiration.

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    Wymorence says:

    Possibly, but I can see a number of differences from the pic used here and what a GIS turns up.

    Ellie's got a much more defined cupid's bow (assuming Ellen has one, she's so pale it's hard to tell), the scar on the right eyebrow, hairstyle, Ellie seems to have wider eyes and fuller lips, and a shorter chin as well.

    They're similar yes, but not without enough differences that I doubt a judge could rule against Naughty Dog.

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    Imautobot says:

    She's got a valid point.  When I first saw the cover art, and before I knew anything about this game, I thought this was the Beyond Two Souls game I'd heard about.  If that's the first impression I got without any foreknowledge of this game, it seems logical that there was likely a conscious effort to make their main character look like Page.  

    Though, it would appear, from the positive press, that this game would have been a success without her likeness.  At least she seems cool with it….  For now.

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    Personally, I think it's just a coincidence. The cover art does look like her, but it's borderline. The in-game character looks nothing like her.

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