Actress Ellen Page says 'Last of Us' used her likeness
Though Naughty Dog's Playstation 3 exclusive Last of Us has only been on retail shelves for a little over a week, controversy has already arrived and from an unlikely source.
Juno actress Ellen Page commented recently on the similarities between herself and The Last of Us heroine Ellie. Page isn't pleased not one bit considering her upcoming role in Beyond: Two Souls, another Playstation 3 exclusive from Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream.
"I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I'm actually acting in a video game called Beyond Two Souls, so it was not appreciated," said Page during a Reddit AMA session.
Page made those comments after being asked from user MozeoSLT.
"This has almost certainly been made clear to you several times," said the user. "But are you aware how much you look like Ellie from "The Last of Us," a video game which came out about a week ago. She even sounds like you. So much so that almost everyone assumed it was you playing the role."
Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann dismissed the claims on Twitter.
"Ellie from The Last of Us was perfectly played by @TheVulcanSalute [Ashley Johnson]," Druckmann said. "No one could've done a better job."
Ellie's character design was changed to fit Johnson by making her look slightly younger according to reports.
"After delving further into the game's narrative over the past few months, we decided to modify Ellie's model to better reflect Ashley's personality, and also resemble a slightly younger teen more fitting to the story," Druckmann said in May.
Now that Page is staring in Beyond Two Souls as character Jodie Holmes, she went on to describe how exciting the role was to play.
"Making Beyond was an incredible experience," Page said. " I think what David Cage is doing is really remarkable, the first of its kind and I feel grateful to be involved."
Staring Page and Academy Award nominee William Dafoe, Beyond Two Souls is set for release Oct. 8 in North America.