In 1994, U.S. Olympic Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked just weeks before the Olympics in a bizarre plot to remove her from the competition. As was quickly revealed, this was planned, in part, by the husband of Kerrigan rival-slash-teammate Tonya Harding. The scandal is now the subject of colorful new biopic I, Tonya, which stars Margot Robbie as the infamous skater.
Robbie didn’t want to meet Harding until after she’d already completed filming, though, and she has a good reason why.
Basically, Robbie didn’t want her opinions of Harding to interfere with her performance. So instead, Robbie studied footage of interviews, performances, and more to get an idea of how Harding presented herself.
I, Tonya is based on the true story, but is still somewhat fictionalized. After all, it’s a movie, not a documentary.
Even so, the true story is surprising, to say the least.
I, Tonya skates into theaters December 8th. Sparkly outfits and big scrunchies recommended, but not required.