The Last Of Us is one of the hottest video games of the moment, with Ashley Johnson as the inspiration for the main character (and her portrayer), but now Ellen Page is saying that the main character looks like her and that the video game developer ripped off her likeness!
The Last Of Us is about (via Fox News) "a fungus evolves to the point that it can infect human hosts, turning them into mindless carriers." Page recently remarked that the main character Ellie looked a little bit too much like her. "I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually acting in a video game called Beyond Two Souls, so it was not appreciated," Page said in a chat on Reddit.
On the gaming blog Kotaku, a report said that The Last Of Us was not based on Page, at all and actually on actress Ashley Johnson, who portrayed Ellie in the hot video game. Johnson, while not as famous as Page, is still widely known in Hollywood. Johnson was recently in the film Much Ado About Nothing and has been on The Killing and in What Women Want.
Neil Druckmann, creative director at game publisher Naughty Dog addressed Page and Johnson on his Twitter. "Ellie from The Last of Us was perfectly played by @TheVulcanSalute," he wrote. "No one could've done a better job. Please go follow her and retweet."
Despite Page's Reddit comments, when a fan complimented the Juno star on her performance in The Last Of Us, Page moved them forward to Johnson. "not me. Ashley Johnson played the part...so send her the props!! :)" EOnline even named The Last Of Us as the "last great PlayStation game." One of the reasons is Ellie played by Johnson. "Since civilization pretty much ended twenty years ago, 14-year-old Ellie never knew the world that was. Many times on their journey she'll stop and ask Joel about what things where like. Be sure to pay attention to these exchanges: Joel sure misses coffee. Ellie is baffled by the fashion industry. Voiced by Ashley Johnson, who was that waitress Captain America saved in The Avengers, she's the most sympathetic video-game character ever."
Big compliments for Johnson!