You Know, Ashley Johnson Did A Damn Good Job Playing Ellie
I have to say, Ghost Volta has the right idea.
A few days ago, well-known actress Ellen Page said Naughty Dog "ripped off her likeness" when creating the character of Ellie in The Last Of Us. The developer denies that, saying they "didn't see it" until after releasing the debut trailer. Fact is, it was Ashley Johnson all along, and the team tried to implement even more of Johnson's characteristics into Ellie.
But even so, Ellen Page appears to be getting all the attention...and for a game she didn't even do. I'm sure she'll get the proper amount of acclaim when Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls launches this October. But for the time being, it really does seem as if Johnson's spectacular performance as Ellie is getting lost in the shuffle. In our review of Naughty Dog's absolute masterpiece, we said it boasted "some of the best acting interactive entertainment has ever seen." We don't make such statements lightly, and that holds true due in large part to Johnson's role. It was absolutely critical.
Read more about her role through the link above; she obviously put a ton of work into it, and it's impossible to imagine that memorable adventure without her. Ellie is not only likable but perhaps more importantly, she's believable. She has exactly the right personality; a personality you would expect from a girl in a post-apocalyptic world where death is always a distinct possibility. It's difficult to get that just right. As an actor, I imagine it'd be all too easy to sound either too vulnerable or too "punk"-ish. Johnson walks the line beautifully and we end up with one of the best new characters in gaming. We won't forget Ellie any time soon.
So, let's just ignore this whole Ellen Page snafu and give credit where credit's due, shall we?
Related Game(s): The Last Of Us
6/25/2013 10:39:15 PM Ben Dutka