Published June 24, 2013
They took a page from Page.
“The Last of Us” is the hot video game of the moment, an action thriller in which a fungus evolves to the point that it can infect human hosts, turning them into mindless carriers -- zombies, in other words.
And the developers made the main character look just a touch too familiar, Page said recently.
“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.
The video game character wasn’t actually based on Page’s image, according to a report on Kotaku. Page had no involvement in “The Last Of Us” whatsoever, the gaming blog wrote, noting that the character of Ellie was played by Ashley Johnson.
But the resemblance between the two is clearly uncanny. But was it intentional?
Neil Druckmann, creative director at game publisher Naughty Dog, took to Twitter to address the controversy around his game-- sort of.
“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.”
Page, who starred in the films "Juno" and "Inception" and appears as Kitty Pride in the X-Men series, apparently doesn’t hold a grudge against the similarity. When one Twitter user wrote to her to commend her for her work in the game, Page graciously deferred.
“not me. Ashley Johnson played the part...so send her the props!! :)”