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Ellen Page 'not a gamer but likes taking creative risks'

"If she had said no I would have been in deep shit," says Beyond creator David Cage

Canadian actress Ellen Page is not particularly interested in videogames but she was the only choice to star in one of them, according to game developer and director David Cage.


Cage, whose Paris studio Quantic Dream has recorded hours of Page's performance, managed to convince the actress to star in his next game by sending her a script and a copy of Quantic Dream's breakthrough hit Heavy Rain.

"I only had one name on my list and it was Ellen Page," Cage told CVG.

"If she had said no I would have been in deep shit. For me it was really obvious it could only be her. We contacted her agent, we sent her a package with the script of our new game, a copy of Heavy Rain and a list of reviews for Heavy Rain, and a nice letter saying 'please, please, please, please, please'.

"And the agent came back really quickly and said Ellen read the script, and that she loved it and she would be happy to be part of it."

Page was filmed for months at Quantic Dream's full-motion capture facility in Paris for her role in the upcoming PS3 title Beyond: Two Souls.

The Juno and Inception actress likes to take creative risks, hence her unconventional staring role in a game, said Cage.

"It was the script and her role that got her interested. I mean, I don't think she's into videogames - she played when she was young but she stopped like a lot of people do when they get older. She isn't excited by games in particular because, like a lot of people, she thinks games are all about guns, guns, guns.

"But when she read the script for Beyond she knew it was a story, a script, something she can understand. Ellen is really adventurous; if you look at her filmography, she likes to take risks. She was in Inception, but also Juno and Hard Candy. She likes new things, she likes to experiment, and I think that's why she chose to act in a game.

"So I met her in LA, in a strange bar next to a highway. When she came, it was a shock for me because it was like I was sitting in front of a character I had had been writing for a year.

"The discussion went great but afterwards I was really depressed because I knew she was perfect for the role, she has the talent, the face, she's very smart. But fortunately, she said yes."

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