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Ellen Page Claims Naughty Dog "Ripped Off" her Likeness

Rely on Horror: People have been comparing the likeness of The Last Of Us’s Elle character to Hollywood actress Ellen Page ever since the original reveal trailer. Well recently Ellen Page was part of a reddit Ask Me Anything thread and was asked to comment on Naughty Dog apparently drawing from her own likeness and putting it into the character of Ellie. (Culture, Industry, Naughty Dog, PS3, The Last Of Us)

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Cam977  +   962d ago
The similarity is shocking! It's like ND copied off Ellen directly, however, I'll let this slide as TLOU was a flipping masterpiece.
xHeavYx  +   962d ago
Ellie looked a lot more similar when they first announced TLOU, then Beyond was announced and ND changed Ellie a bit
badboy776  +   962d ago | Well said
1.She's just trying to get Paid.

2.Or she's just jealous that Ashley Johnson got the job over her.
Dead_Cell  +   961d ago
If she's trying to get paid she's got a good footing to go off of, as if ND used her likeness to such a level without their consent they can expect a bloody big lawsuit.
Dunpeal  +   961d ago
totally agreed. they did change her to look more like ashley johnson. you can see the resemblance, puckered lips and all
BISHOP-BRASIL  +   961d ago
Actually, I've been wondering for quite some time if they ever tried to get Ellen Page to voice Ellie and she declines as already working on another game, only to later be revealed it was Beyond, and yeah, they decided to change her and came up with younger Ellie, that would be totally funny and awkward!
-Alpha  +   961d ago
^ She's not "trying to get paid", she was simply answering a question from Reddit, it's evident that many people think Ellen actually played Ellie.
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Dee_91  +   961d ago
I dont think she overreacted .. I think the responses are though
Ezz2013  +   961d ago | Well said
when i saw the headline
i thought that was big deal

then i saw her comments on Reddit
she was chill and very cool
and not mad at all
and also the fact that she is getting paid from sony on making another ps3 exclusive

nothing to see here for me
Winter47th  +   961d ago
If Ellie was Ellen Page I wouldn't might letting the clickers eat her. She's SO.ANNOYING.
eyeDEVOUR  +   961d ago
Your exactly right...the first announcements of the game was a complete Replica of her...they've slowly changed it tho
eyeDEVOUR  +   961d ago
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pixelsword  +   961d ago
Heh, I don't even know who she is, but calling the character "Elle" ain't helping...
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Mutant-Spud  +   961d ago
Bah! Elle looks more like my 14 year old daughter Josie than she does 26 year old Ellen Page, Naughty Dog you may send my royalty cheques to....
SITH  +   961d ago
Trying to get paid? She has a net worth of 14 million. If anything naughty dog owes her because they clearly ripped her likeness. http://www.celebritynetwort...
KingKevo  +   961d ago
Neil Druckmann (the Creative Director of TLoU) even said that they didn't see similarities but when people said they saw them they changed Ellie's character a lot for Ellie to be even more like Ashley Johnson (the actress who portrays Ellie).

I'm referencing this podcast btw (it contains heavy SPOILERS):
Listen to it from 33:40.
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Azurite  +   961d ago
Ellie was changed months before Beyond: Two Souls was announced at E3 2012.
zeee  +   961d ago
Aham! No comments :)

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k2d  +   961d ago
*Brings popcorn*

I love how this is being blown out of proportion, lol!

Ellen Page learned something new about the Internet today.. >:D
Ju  +   961d ago
I think that's a little bit of a weird reaction from Ellen Page. She could simply have said it's not her. Being in a video game she must have known that somebody else was mo-caped for that role. And instead she put attention onto her own character instead of giving Ashley (the real actress) the credit she deserves for playing the 14 year old Elle. Well played Page.
superkidcupid13  +   961d ago
they both look the same
both have almost the same name
both act amazingly...but when TLOU and B2S was first announced i thought ellen was in both games...shaaaahhh-keeeeer....
Braid  +   961d ago
I'm sorry, I LOVE Last of Us. It's the defining game of the current gaming generation, no doubt about that.

But whoever thinks that Ellie from LoU does NOT look like Ellen Page is either completely blind or... partially blind.
justastranger10  +   961d ago
Sony and Naughty Dog should compensate ellen Paige for this instead of trying to rip her off.
N4g_null  +   961d ago
Welcome to the movies. Better start selling box office tickets.
bigrob904  +   961d ago
yea at first it was an exact replica, but they changed it after beyond two souls was announced. now she doesn't look like her so i don't see the problem.
user5575708  +   961d ago
lol yea...cause she would be all smiley and cute in a post apocalyptic world
Mr_Nuts  +   961d ago
If you've seen Super with her in, the similarities between Ellie and Ellen are more noticeable

She had her moments in the film which seemed like something Ellie would do....except the parts in the film where she went all psycho when killing someone
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ZodTheRipper  +   961d ago
Ellie really could be a young Ellen Page, the similarities are pretty obvious. But I don't think that ND have taken her as a model while creating Ellie... if they did, they really did a great job bringing her character to life in TLOU.
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ginsunuva  +   961d ago
Watch Juno.

Ellie and Ellen have almost the exact same clothing, hair, and most importantly, the confident, swearing, witty character that is almost identical!
thezeldadoth  +   961d ago
obviously they used her likeness. when beyond two souls was announced they went back and changed her to look less like ellen page. plus, ellie...ellen...ellie....ellen
Ju  +   961d ago
They didn't. The actress is Ashley Johnson:
Ju  +   961d ago
Four disagrees? Really? For what?
Parapraxis  +   961d ago
Here's the actual source.
Parapraxis  +   961d ago
How idiotic are the people who disagreed. This is LITERALLY where she said it.
PurpHerbison  +   961d ago
ND could be ripping off of any young white girl.
Temporary  +   961d ago
someone said it. ^^^ whats the big deal again...?
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DAS692  +   961d ago
Dakota Fanning says hey. ;)
fr0sty  +   961d ago
It not only looks like her, they even used an altered version of her name. They likely wanted her to be involved but Quantic Dream's role probably interested her more. Just speculation.
Persistantthug  +   961d ago

I mean, even though Naughty Dog has a higher pedigree than Quantic Dream....Quantic Dream sort of specializes in that Mo Cap stuff, and even has a movie credit to their name.

So I can see how/why she might be more interested in doing Beyond with QD more than TLOU with ND.
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wastedcells  +   961d ago
Personally I don't care. Never crossed my mind as I was playing. I'm sure there is a Joel look alike out there somewhere too.

Just finished TLOU and its one of the best games ever made. Every gamer needs to play this game at some point. Hope they do a PS 4 remake for the Xbox fans switching over next gen. Or use the cloud to make it playable on ps4.
Picnic  +   961d ago
You don't care but no-one should care that you don't care! It's not you whose very similar likeness has been used! Such similarities are unlikely to be entirely accidental when you're talking about a videogames studio who will relatively savvy on the film stars of today.
rainslacker  +   961d ago
Ellen Page looks a lot like many other girls out there. There really isn't much to her appearance that stands out. This was even more true when she was Ellie's age. Ellie in TLOU looks like a typical teen girl.

This is kind of true of most children around Ellie's age. It isn't until a bit later in life when truly defining features stand out more.

Although, I will admit that the similarities are there.
CommonSense  +   961d ago
It was hardly a masterpiece. And it's not a surprise that they ripped off her likeness, they rip everything off. Their entire this-gen lineup was a series of cliches and been-there-done-thats.

There is just a group of people that want to believe ND are great developers, and therefore they shower praise on everything they make...even before they play it.
ASBO-5  +   961d ago
Awww, does someone need a cookie? Or maybe its just that someones mommy & daddy didn't buy him a PS3 and is sour about never getting to play the best this gen has to offer.
fr0sty  +   961d ago
Yeah, that "group" of people must be quite large, considering their games were among the most critically acclaimed of the generation.
aaronobst  +   961d ago

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trouble_bubble  +   961d ago
Whoa. At ease soldier. A collection of your recent quotes:

"It is mind boggling how immature and hypocritical most of you are"

"The garbage double standard expressed by the community on N4G never gets old"

"Where do people come up with this trash? Stop being perpetually 6 years old"

"THIS is the intelligence level of the average Sony drone."

"This is why N4G is such a joke now. You people spout the dumbest stuff without researching anything"

"You people are so pathetic. Corporate worship is despicable"

"All these idiots have to do is say "sony" or "playstation" and the rest of you idiots "agree" and +bubbles. "

So angryz1! Jeremy spoke in class today?
irepbtown  +   961d ago
Well, if receiving 10/10's from the likes of Edge is being a rip off, I wan't to know what you regard to as a 'Masterpiece'...

Call of Duty? Fifa?
monkey nuts  +   961d ago
Common sense is not so common.
CommonSense  +   960d ago
There isn't a single reply to my comment that wasn't completely predictable.

I'd just like to point out that GTA4 was a HUGE game in terms of ratings...but i'll bet a least half of you don't think it deserved those accolades. I don't know why the industry has a love affair with certain developers...i accept that they do...doesn't mean it's going to manipulate my perspective. They do the same thing with games made by Ken Levine. They do it with a few developers.

Also, I don't think too many games are masterpieces. Half Life 2 comes to mind. The original StarCraft. Red Dead Redemption was pretty incredible. The first Portal was also pretty damn good. I'm sure there are others, but trying to make a point on n4g that goes against sony (and especially ND) is like trying to discuss economics with liberals, it is utterly pointless. which is why non-sony fanboys have migrated away from N4G and are now on reddit and 4chan.
showtimefolks  +   961d ago
When game was announced she was in it basically but than ND changed it

TLOU is a masterpiece
mrmarx  +   961d ago
she didnt get any money for it thats the issue
GribbleGrunger  +   961d ago
If Naughty Dog have characters in The Last Of Us that look NOTHING like the actor that played them (Joel for instance), why on earth would they deliberately make a character look like Ellen Page? It doesn't make sense. ND design characters to look right for the part. I don't even think that the character in the game looks like Ellen Page at all, but I will concede that Ellen Page has quite a generic face and that a lot of Hollywood stars look similar to her.

Are you telling me you would confuse these two people:

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matgrowcott  +   961d ago
It doesn't matter how similar you personally find them. By law, all that it matters is that people think that she's in it.

And you only need to look at that Reddit AMA to see that there are people that up until yesterday thought that Ellen Page was in The Last of Us.

I don't think she'll sue Sony/Naughty Dog - she wouldn't want to complicate things with Beyond, I guess - but if she did it'd be open and shut.
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j-blaze  +   961d ago
get your eyes checked please, look at the first pic she looks exactly like Ellen Page "her nose, eyes, cheeks..etc" but then ND changed her face a bit but she still look like Ellen Page, hell, even the names are similar...but that's understandable since ND's character look ugly they simply suck at chara design, that's why they had to ripoff...
ND should be very thankful to her she didn't sue them!
Psn800  +   961d ago
In her dreams hehehehe .
aquamala  +   961d ago
old promo pics look just like her. less so after the re-design
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HarryMasonHerpderp  +   961d ago
Yeah I don't see the problem here since Naughty Dog changed the look of Ellie quite a while back. If they had stuck with the original design then fair enough but they didn't.
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ChrisW  +   961d ago

You'd let it slide because it's a Sony Exclusive...
redcar121  +   961d ago
it is her she needs to sue them
stage88  +   961d ago
I think it didn't help that Ellie was quite quirky eg. the jokes and was also quite tomboyish which fits Ellen Paige's characteristics.
BallsEye  +   961d ago
noticed it first time I saw the gameplay.
Gardenia  +   961d ago
It is pretty obvious that she was an inspiration for the character, not only the looks but her attitude as well. Also after Beyond's first reveal, Naughty Dog changed Ellie's looks because she looked too much like Jodie
GDDR6_2014  +   961d ago
She's not in the credits? That's crazy
shadowst17  +   961d ago
Most artists who model take reference from real people, Ellen page would probably be a good reference for how they wanted Ellie to look like, of course the artist won't right out copy Ellen Page's look but definitely incorporate elements of her.
RedHawkX  +   961d ago
i want to kiss ellen paige she looks cute cant wait for beyond 2 souls.
Software_Lover  +   962d ago
Uh, oh
ifritAlkhemyst  +   962d ago
What's the big deal. I'd be flattered. But celebrities often don't think like that. Everything comes at a price with them, even compliments.
SegaGamer  +   961d ago
Exactly, i don't get why celebs need to make a big deal out of everything.
admiralvic  +   961d ago
Considering people pointing out how similar they looked since the first trailer and how the names are fairly similar, it's not that shocking. While it might be flattering in this setting, if I was someone of note I wouldn't let just anyone do whatever with my likeness.

Also lets be fair here, it also comes off as fairly lazy.
ifritAlkhemyst  +   961d ago
I don't understand why it's lazy. They saw inspiration in Ellen Page and so modeled Ellie after her, even going so far as to give her a similar name.
sway_z  +   961d ago
I wish there was an outbreak of intelligence to cure the dumb people that visit this site :)
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   961d ago

It's lazy and illegal to use someone's likeness without their consent. I'm not saying that's what happened here, but I'm just saying.
Erimgard  +   961d ago
It's like she said...she cares because she's actually lending her voice, likeness, and motion captured facial animations to another video game (Beyond: Two Souls), as part of a contracted agreement in which they approached her for permission. They did it the 'right' way, and she doesn't want another game stealing its thunder without even asking.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   961d ago
The thing is, I'm assuming she wants to be recognized for staring in the game Beyond Two Souls instead of Last of Us which she was not apart of.
DarthJay  +   961d ago
The big deal is that companies are trying to make money off of their likeness. Their product is their image. Themselves. They have every right to be upset. If someone wanted to draw a picture of them and hang it on a wall, that is a compliment. Drawing the picture and mass producing it for sale is a different animal all together.
SpiralTear  +   962d ago
Why is she complaining? It's not like she's not going to be in another game on the same console in the next few months.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   961d ago
She seems cool about it, so obviously she's not angry. She just wants to be recognized for a game she is staring in which Beyond: Two Souls.

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Karpetburnz  +   961d ago
It's not really a big deal, but I would probably be annoyed if everyone thought I played a character when I didn't. Ellie did look a lot like Ellen page in the first trailer but they did change her a little. When I played through the game I never thought of Ellen. IMO Ellie has her own look about her. And you can tell she's a lot younger.
shadowst17  +   961d ago
Shes not complaining, people are just exaggerating her comment to sound like she was trying to take a stab at naughty dog to the stage she would sue. It doesn't help that a bunch of trolls keep tweeting her saying how they loved her in Last of us.
windblowsagain  +   962d ago
What makes it worse is the name as well.

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illtornworld  +   962d ago
lmao shhhh! lmao
Transporter47  +   962d ago
Ellie to me doesn't seem like Ellen Page, but w.e to everybody their own.

BTW the reason for that is that I see her as Ellie not once has Ellen Page came to my mind except on the very first trailer they showed.
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Utalkin2me  +   961d ago
Sorry i have to disagree, she reminds me of a younger Ellen Page. But that's just me....
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Karpetburnz  +   961d ago
I have to agree with this, Ellie does have some resemblance but I think she has her own look.
ginsunuva  +   961d ago
Watch Juno and listen to their dialogue and language.
illtornworld  +   962d ago
even iff she does, shouldn't she feel appreciated? i mean look at how awesome the character is, she should good that Naughty Dog used her as inspiration. And who cares if similarities are alike in game character models dont look the same at all, lol
Dead_Cell  +   961d ago
Okay, I am going to use your likeness in a very uncanny manner and regardless of whether this damages or enhances your reputation, i'm doing it, and you don't get a say, even if your whole career is based on your reputation and likeness.

No, as a famous person your first reaction would not be appreciation.
illtornworld  +   961d ago
eh i can see that now, though the above info had what to do with anything lol? honestly there shouldn't be a prob. her face gets planted millions of gamers recogniz her therefore shes more famous.
Dead_Cell  +   961d ago
When your career and lifeline is quite literally "you" your likeness is a very dangerous liberty for somebody to take. No harm done this time sure, but it still wouldn't be all that nice.
DragonKnight  +   961d ago
Too bad she only started complaining AFTER the game was reviewed so highly and is selling so well. It has nothing to do with her reputation and everything to do with her wanting to cash in. That is, if she really is upset at all.
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Picnic  +   961d ago
When anyone becomes becomes famous they might become easy fodder to be replicated by people who never met them, don't necessarily share their values etc..
And if they generally respect the people who seem to have appropriated their look it might feel ever worse to them that they didn't show respect back. I find it a bit unfathomable that the conversation 'hey does this character called 'Ellie'' look like anyone famous? never cropped up. Mind you, in terms of strong female characters, few ever come close to Heather in Silent Hill 3- she had to go through all that hell entirely on her own.
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TheTwelve  +   962d ago
Oh no, this could get ugly...
Saksoy  +   961d ago
I reckon there is more to this than we know, Similar looking character and simillar name.
M1chl  +   961d ago
You should be grateful lady...The Last of Us is not something you come along every day. Also I thing that Ellie has better performace than anything Ellen Page have ever shown so far. I am not really fan of Uncharted, but TLoU has really blown me away...
2pacalypsenow  +   961d ago
Oh no rich people problems
illtornworld  +   961d ago
gunna get badd here comes a lawsuit
ginsunuva  +   961d ago
For the theft of the personality of a fictional character Ellen Page played in the movie Juno?
Picnic  +   961d ago
Only rich people have the time and inclination to comment on rich people's problems.
LordHiggens  +   961d ago
Shut up...with the Juno bullcrap. This is the third time I've seen it.
Silly gameAr  +   961d ago
Oh man, she sounds suuuuper pissed. Oh wait. No she doesn't.
Ezz2013  +   961d ago
yeah she's not mad at all
shhhhhh, let's make a big deal out of it and say she's mad
and forget she's working on game for ps3 and get paid from sony
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matrixman92  +   961d ago
i remember when the very first trailer showed, I told my friend "ND is making a game featuring Ellen Page!!!"
Bhuahahaha  +   961d ago
and so does my neighbor

heck every person resemble someone

some people say i look like brad pitt ~lol JK
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Mikelarry  +   961d ago
What it wasnt ellen page that played ellie. The looks are uncanny i always thought ellen page making the big bucks from all these game appearences
Why o why  +   961d ago
Me too. I just thought they hired her like quantic dreams did with her and willem dafoe fact there are instances where ellie looks more like ellen than the chick from beyond 2 souls to
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ExitToExisT  +   961d ago
When i look at 'Jody' from Beyond: Two Souls i see Ellen Page , when i look at 'Ellie' from Last of Us i see Ellie. So she doesn't look like Ellen Page.
illtornworld  +   961d ago
dude thats what i said but i got disagreed! da f is wrong with n4g
ginsunuva  +   961d ago
Watch Juno. It's not just the looks, but the way they speak.
EmptySkyForm  +   961d ago
Inb4 potential lawsuit. Be flattered Ellen TLOU was great. It only made you look better.
j-blaze  +   961d ago
i really want her to sue them, they used her likeness without her permission, ND didn't even mention her or at least say they "inspired".. they’re extremely talented at keeping their jobs by ripping off people’s stuff
ltachiUchiha  +   961d ago
If there were a lawsuit i dont see how since alot of game characters resemble a star & never was a problem. Heres a few look alikes.
Wni0  +   961d ago
come on. dont put half life in there. you never see what gordon looks like.
first1NFANTRY  +   961d ago
I think this would be a bigger issue if the game was a flop. Luckily the game is a masterpiece and one of the greatest experiences in gaming history.
MeatAbstract  +   961d ago
Maybe. I can see the likeness but then again, if you google 'average American teenager' and scroll through some images, just count how many of them could pass for Elle.
Classyismyname   961d ago | Spam
I'm sure it won't matter too much considering she's in a better game than the one that stole her likeness.
DragonKnight  +   961d ago
Oh so you've played Beyond then?
NatureOfLogic  +   961d ago
I think naughty dog should've went with an entirely different look once they realised that she was in beyond two souls.
Hicken  +   961d ago
I don't. That sounds like a horrible idea.

Characters aren't just given a face out of thin air. Everything about a character is made together. There's only so much you can change before it's not even the same character anymore. Their face is a result of everything leading up to that point, just like a real person.

Completely changing Ellie's face would have meant needing a new voice actor, too. And that would have been a bad idea, as well.
Bathyj  +   961d ago
Yeah, well Joel looks like Argo.
BoNeSaW23  +   961d ago
Argo? The horse from Shadow of the Collosus?
ginsunuva  +   961d ago
Movie Argo
palaeomerus  +   961d ago
Weeee'rrre Offffff to outerrrrrr Spaaaaaacee toooo saaaaaaaave the human raaaaacccce!
AutoCad  +   961d ago
lol very original..
question is lou better thn mgs4?
j-blaze  +   961d ago
"question is lou better thn mgs4?"

NO, not even close, MGS4 is a masterpiece!
Ezz2013  +   961d ago
you really need to stay silent j-blaze
don't talk any more
GamePeace  +   961d ago
Why this Hollywood actors instead of People from real life?
They would me more belivable characters than this milkface
complaining about antshit.
porkChop  +   961d ago
Am I the only one that doesn't see the resemblance? Even back when I first saw the original Ellie, I never once thought of Ellen Page.

And the guy asking the question said "She even sounds like you". What? Ellie's voice actress sounds nothing like Ellen Page.
asmith2306  +   961d ago
Yeah i agree, can't see it. I think it's because Ellen Page looks child like there is an instant comparison.
rainslacker  +   961d ago
I never thought of Ellen Page until people started mentioning it. Then I thought the resemblance was there, but also thought she looked like a typical teenage girl.
sdozzo  +   961d ago
They do look alike. But, who the hell cares. And I'm sure Ellie Page looks like 500 other woman who are not famous.

What a rag.
mafiahajeri  +   961d ago
Well I played the game and not once did I think of Ellen page and yes I read about the comparisons months before the game.

Also Ellie is 14! I really saw her as 14 year old and Ellen page is 26 although she looks like 14 year old she doesn't act like one a thats the major difference.
Salooh  +   961d ago
I think people here is making this as a big deal. The game is great and that's all we care about. Beyond will have it's own feeling judging from the trailers. Let's just be happy that we will get another masterpiece in october :P . .
smashcrashbash  +   961d ago
Ever heard the words 'Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental?
Picnic  +   961d ago
Choosing to say 'Any resemblance to anyone living or dead is purely coincidental' doesn't mean that it's always necessarily true!
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smashcrashbash  +   961d ago
Maybe it could be untrue but saying that pretty much covers your @$$. If it didn't then people would be claiming resemblance to tons of characters left and right
Game-o-holic  +   961d ago
I guess my friends' cousin ripped off Ellen Page too. She looks just like her. Accept she's two years older than Ellen so I guess Ellen ripped her off.
Ezz2013  +   961d ago
lawsuit in coming lol
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rocky047586  +   961d ago
Except your friends' cousin doesn't go around pretending she's Ellen Page's lookalike making millions of dollars off of her image, does she? What is it that people cannot understand about how this could affect someone famous? Their likeness, their image, IS their livelihood, it is how they make their money.

If someone just came in and stole your job from you and didn't pay you but told you, "what?You should appreciate me doing all of this work for you!" you really wouldn't be saying "She should be appreciating this" now would you? When your face is your money maker you want to make sure that there isn't anyone using your likeness to get paid unless YOU gave them permission to do so.

Hell that's anything related to media with ANYONE. If Sascha Baron Coen put you in his new movie and you, for whatever reason, decide not to sign an agreement and the movie ends up making millions upon millions of dollars and everyone leaves the theater saying that YOUR part was the part that stole the show and made the movie great would you not want a piece of that? Not only should you want a piece you'd be entitled to it. But since you didn't sign anything for an agreement to give you money, you only signed the media release forms instead, you get nothing.

You wouldn't be very happy with your likeness being used to make millions of dollars while you just sit there and get nothing.
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Soldierone  +   961d ago
No one is buying this game because a character looks like her.... They are buying it because its awesome.

people look like other people, who cares? Its not stealing her job, they never said she was in the game, people just made the connection. Several stars look like other stars, but their NAME isn't attached to their projects. They have a job thanks to their NAME and talent, not their face.

Look at Johnny Depp. You can hardly ever tell its him, yet the cover says "Johnny Depp" so people go see it.
_QQ_  +   961d ago
Get off the Naughty Dog Fanboy wagon, they are wrong get over it.
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