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Nude photos of Ellen Page leak online – sort of

- October 28th, 2013
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Ellen Page attends the Paris premiere of “Beyond: Two Souls” on Oct. 2, 2013. (WENN.com)

It seems you may get to see more of Ellen Page in her new game Beyond: Two Souls than anyone had intended as “nude” photos from the Quantic Dream title have leaked online.

For those who haven’t played the game, Beyond: Two Souls follows Jodie Holmes, a young woman who has a psychic connection to an otherworldly entity called Aiden. (You can check out Steve Tilley’s review of the game here.) And while there are some action sequences throughout, a lot of the gameplay involves Jodie in more mundane activities, such as doing chores or going to a party.

And at one point in the game, Jodie’s getting ready for a dinner date with her wannabe CIA handler boyfriend and goes to take a shower in your apartment and you, as the gamer, put her through the motions. This is actually the second shower sequence in the game – though first chronologically as you play the events of her life out of order. But, as you can see below, to the dismay of all the little boys playing one-handed, Jodie’s “goodies” are obscured by steam, the camera frame which includes an appropriately-place towel.

That is, until someone managed to hack the game. As a Fast Company article explains, “(s)cenes in a game are rendered, not filmed, which means that if a hacker knows what he’s doing, he can ‘move the camera’ and see a scene from an angle that was not intended.”

And so, here, someone captured images of the game using a debug PlayStation 3 unit which provided access to those alternate camera angles, a Gaming Blend article states.

Despite not intending certain body parts to be shown, the digital artist did render Page fully naked. (It’s debatable whether the vagina is there, but she is shown with a fully-sculpted bum as well as breasts, complete with areolae and nipples.)

Or at least what the artist imagined the Juno actress’ breasts and bum look like, as I doubt he or she was working with empirical knowledge of Page’s anatomy.

And, of course, the actors all wore motion capture suits and so there’s no way Page could have posed nude for the role.

In fact, Sony said as much to Gaming Blend:

“The images are from an illegally hacked console and is very damaging for Ellen Page. It’s not actually her body. I would really appreciate if you can take the story down to end the cycle of discussion around this.”

And this is where the story blows up. The images of Jodie Holmes started circulating around the web a couple of weeks ago, including a few gaming blogs, such as Eskimo Press, but for the most part, the images went unnoticed.

After all, fake nudes are nothing new to the Internet. In fact, they’re practically the building blocks of the web. The Internet is littered with images of the heads of attractive, young celebrities (Page among them) stuck on top of the bodies of other naked woman. Even not-so attractive celebrities. Or even young. Hell, you can even find fake nudes of the late Bea Arthur, if you’re so inclined. (There are even photos of a topless oil painting of the Golden Girls star someone recently bought at auction for $1.9 million US.)

So most web surfers wouldn’t even bat an eye at some digitized mammary glands, even if they are supposed to belong to a well-known actress. But then Sony tried to nipple it in the bud, by sending out cease and desist orders to publications that ran the photos or linked to them. But not only did they want the photos taken down but the stories mentioning the leak as well.

Whether Sony was trying to be proactive or was being threatened by legal proceedings from Page herself (especially if she had a no-nudity clause in her contract as is suggested in an Ars Technica article) remains to be seen.

But instead of killing off the story, Sony’s reaction only brought attention to the story. On one level, it might be because writers don’t like to be told what they can and can’t report. Mostly, though, it’s because Sony basically just held up a flashing neon sign pointing to Ellen Page naked on the Internet that said “Don’t look here!” So, naturally, more people are going to take a look.

To avoid getting in the middle of a lawsuit of my own, I will refrain from posting a link to the pictures here.

And it’s understandable if Page is mad. (Not that she’s commented on it one way or another.) But generally people don’t want nude photos of themselves circulating around the Internet, real or otherwise. Unless they “leak” the pics themselves via a topless selfie on Instagram that “accidentally” goes viral the day before their new album drops.

But as fake nudes go, these ones of Ellen Page/Jodie Holmes showering are pretty tame – almost tasteful. If, as Sony states, Page finds these leaked images damaging, she should probably take a look at some of the Photoshopped ones out there.

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