The last of us It reached the end of the first season, leaving even those of us who knew how it ended ten years ago in shock. longtime fans of The last of us They were able to appreciate the famous giraffe scene in all its splendor, although who is still debating whether it was poorly done or well done (the giraffe was real, yes). But both for those who already knew the story and for those who didn’t, the big surprise of the episode happens right at the beginning. The sequence that explains Ellie’s immunity from birth.

    Ashley Johnson plays Anna, Ellie’s mother. You may have heard that it’s no accident, Ashley Johnson is the Ellie of video games. Many are saying that Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson were the “original voices” in the game, but that’s too reductive. The interpretation of both was done with motion capture, theirs is much more than the voice, it is the expression, the gestures, the movements. It was his work that managed to make millions of viewers fall in love with Joel and Ellie before Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, and it is an expressive work that endures even when watching a dubbed version (although we advise you not to).

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    Despite Troy Baker’s wonderful work, Ashley Johnson did a really amazing job. Just Christopher Judge and his Kratos from God of War: Ragnarok They can be compared in the history of video game interpretations to what Ashley Johnson did with Ellie n The last of us part 1 It is The last of us part 2. Therefore, including her in the series as Ellie’s mother was not only a well-deserved recognition of the franchise that will always be its most important star, it was somewhat poetic to pass the baton of the character to a Bella Ramsey that already It wasn’t easy from the beginning. , and not because of the happy resemblance to Ellen Page, but because of where Ashley Johnson set the bar.

    We would like to say that Ashley Johnson has had a great career in film and television. Just look at what she does in her sequel as Anna to know that she has the talent and level for it. However, the truth is that she has gone largely unnoticed in much smaller roles. But there is a role that can change everything, even before The last of us made her a star in the most powerful entertainment industry of the moment (yes, we’re talking about video games). Ashley Johnson is in The Avengers. She plays a waitress at a diner near Tony Stark’s Tower, and we see her at various times during the attacks, moving around with the civilians, as a prominent extra. We can see her being saved by Steve Rogers from the Chitauri, and also at the end of the film being interviewed by the press.

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    The problem is that all of his important scenes were cut. The main one is at the top, where he makes direct contact with Steve Rogers, a flirtation that even includes the intervention of Stan Lee himself. Without that scene, of course, then it wouldn’t be logical for the camera to focus on her as the one known among the population suffering the Chitauri invasion. That is, they also cut scenes like the following:

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    Who knows, if Ashley Johnson hadn’t been so cut in The Avengers and started getting more recognizable roles in film and television, she might never have created Ellie. We may have come out ahead. In any case, and knowing that if there is a third party The last of us It won’t be without Ashley Johnson as Ellie, it wouldn’t be bad if the jobs she deserves start raining down on her.