The Word: Ellen Page is pissed that a video game stole her face

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 15:  Actress Ellen Page attends the 'Whip It' press conference during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival held at Sutton Place Hotel on September 15, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Ellen Page is starring in an unrelated video game, “Beyond Two Souls.” Credit: Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Ellen Page may be tiny and adorable and Canadian, but that doesn’t mean anyone can just take her face willy-nilly.

That’s what the video game “The Last of Us” apparently did. The main character in that game, “Ellie,” bears a striking resemblance to Ellen, who is not pleased, since the game creators did it without her permission. “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,” she wrote in her Reddit AMA.

The “Last of Us” team have since revised the character’s appearance, according to Kotaku. The game designers claim it was to make her a better fit with the actress who actually voices her, but many speculate it’s to distance her from the pissed-off Ellen.

Page recently spoke to Metro about how she prepared for her role in the eco-thriller “The East.” “I studied permaculture, design and eco-village development at a place called Lost Valley in Oregon with a lot of people who had the same philosophy — strictly freegan,” she says.

It’s a way of life she thinks about daily. “Every morning when I wake up and open my eyes I am unwillingly oppressing a lot of people and the environment to live in the privilege that I have — that we all have living in this area of the world. Not that everyone in this area of the world experiences that. And that’s a hard thing,” she explains. “I think that is something a lot of people are dealing with right now and it is hard to know if running away to the woods and becoming a freegan is the best choice, or do we stay in the infrastructure we’ve inherited and do our best to create positive change? I don’t necessarily know the answer. Maybe I’m just being a selfish jerk.”


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