When you think of award-worthy performances, you think profound. In the case of Allison Janney's scene-stealing work in “I, Tonya,” the more suitable word would be be profane.
In the acclaimed new mockumentary "I Tonya," Margot Robbie made it clear to her real-life subject that she was playing "a character," not Harding herself, who was banned from the sport in 1994 after her associates attacked rival Nancy Kerrigan.
It’s not exactly at the Gary Oldman-as-Winston Churchill level, but Margot Robbie is getting high marks for disappearing underneath the skin of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in the new mockumentary I, Tonya. “I worked a lot with a movement coach to alter my physicality and create certain mannerisms for the character of Tonya,” Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) told Yahoo Entertainment at the film’s Los Angeles press day (watch above). Considering Harding, whose skating career ended in 1994 after her associates infamously attacked rival Olympian Nancy Kerrigan, rose to prominence from lower-class Oregon in the early ’90s, the film’s stylists mined a very specific source to groom Robbie for the role.
Coming off its rapturous reaction at the Toronto International Film Festival — where Yahoo Entertainment called it one of the festival’s “hottest tickets” — the mockumentary-cum-biopic, I, Tonya, has released its first teaser trailer in advance of its Dec. 8 theatrical release. Directed by Craig Gillespie (of Lars and the Real Girl notoriety) the film stars a potentially Oscar-bound Margot Robbie as disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who was infamously implicated in a scandal to harm rival Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. It’s safe to say that Robbie knows plenty about Harding’s rise and fall now, aided by American co-stars like Allison Janney, who plays the skater’s nightmare-inducing mother, LaVona Golden. Though she doesn’t have a big role in this trailer, The West Wing star has been singled out amongst the ensemble cast as a comic force to be reckoned with.
Tonya Harding is a punch line and she knows it. But she'll no doubt be pleased with the new biopic "I, Tonya," which goes for laughs but also adds context to the skater’s familiar story.
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