Tonya Harding 'loved' I, Tonya, according to Allison Janney

Tonya Harding 'loved' I, Tonya, according to Allison Janney

Tonya Harding is back in the pop culture conversation, with the critically beloved I, Tonya - a dark comedy in which Margot Robbie plays the embattled figure skater - in theaters this Friday.

'Actually, it was a lot more complicated than that, the story of what happened to her.

Kerrigan was clubbed in the thigh in an attack orchestrated by Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, that led to Harding being banned for life from the US Figure Skating Association.

Harding narrowly avoided jail for her part in a plot to have her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, beaten as she left a training session so that she'd be unable to compete at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Gillooly hired assailant Shane Stant to strike Kerrigan's leg with a police baton that January. In one scene with Tonya getting ready backstage for her Olympic skate, Robbie wears a stark, world-weary expression in front of a mirror and forces a smile before a single tear streams down her face - a singular moment that shows the toll that life has taken on her even at age 23.

As much as I, Tonya is Robbie's project - and she owns every bit of this thing - Allison Janney makes her mark early as Harding's domineering mom LaVona, a renegade who chain-smokes clove cigarettes and chews up scenery like she does fellow skating moms who give her side eye.

Chatting with the host The actress 58 said Tonya'loved the biopic and also admitted that her own childhood dream was to become a figure skater
Chatting with the host The actress 58 said Tonya'loved the biopic and also admitted that her own childhood dream was to become a figure skater

The movie portrays Harding's rough upbringing under a domineering mother in OR and then the attack that made her a notorious sports figure.

Nancy Kerrigan hasn't seen the upcoming Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya just yet, a source close to Kerrigan exclusively tells Us Weekly.

Tonya Harding and star Margot Robbie hit it off at the premiere of the "I, Tonya" movie in which Robbie portrays Harding. It is that, yet it's also built around something piercingly sharp and honest: Margot Robbie's canny, live-wire deeply sympathetic performance. "You'll laugh till it hurts".

In faux documentary-style, present-day versions of Tonya, Jeff and LaVona - plus a few other personalities, including a snarky, spray-tanned Hard Copy producer played by Bobby Cannavale - chronicle the figure skater's fast rise through the ranks, much to the chagrin of judges who prefer that competitors embrace their girlier side.

In fact when director Craig Gillespie wanted to get someone to perform the jump for the movie, he was out of luck. Janney almost walks off with the film in LaVona's current-day segments, perched on a couch with an oxygen tube in her nose, whiskey in hand and a parrot on her shoulder. "But nobody can pull focus from Robbie, an intense actress finally sinking her teeth into a meaty role as a woman who became, in her own wry acknowledgment, nothing more than a punch line".

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