The story of Tonya Harding is an unbelievable one. Up against all odds, this white trailer trash ice-skater decided that the best way to deal with her rich competition in the form of Nancy Kerrigan, was simply to get her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, to break Miss Kerrigan’s kneecaps, and making sure that Harding would make it to the Olympics.
The tale captured the American imagination (and the world for that matter) back in 1994, and we’ve always wondered why Hollywood took so long to make a movie about it.
But now there is one, it’s called “I, Tonya” and it presents a breakthrough for Australian Actress Margot Robbie.
It seems that Robbie, who was 4 years old only when the story took place in real life, had never heard of it. When someone presented her with the script, she assumed it was fiction.
“I thought, this writer is so kooky for coming up with all of this stuff!” the blond Australian actress said.
“And then I realized it was a true story, and I was absolutely blown away.”
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Miss Robbie, who was amazing in the Wolf of Wall Street as Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife ‘The Duchess’ and captured many nerds fantasy with her role of ‘Harley Quinn’ in Suicide Squad, is being praised from all sides for her role as American ultimate baddy of figure skating Tonya Harding.
“You can almost feel, in every interview, that she’s just waiting for someone to tear her apart,” Robbie says. “It’s painful to watch that.”
She even went all the way for this role, hoping clearly to be nominated in time for the Oscars.
“All the skating, dancing, the kicks, the spins — that’s me,” says Miss Robbie
“Any of the big jumps is a skate double. No. 1, insurance would never let me do it, and No. 2, even if I had 10 years to train, I could not do those. No one could do the triple axel, so we had to CGI it. Only six women have ever done it since Tonya did it 25 years ago.”