Margot Robbie meets Tonya Harding at I, Tonya premiere

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2017

Tonya was banned from skating for life for her involvement in a bungled plot to injure rival Nancy Kerrigan to keep her out of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway. Actually, it was a lot more complicated than that, the story of what happened to her. Gillooly hired assailant Shane Stant to strike Kerrigan's leg with a police baton that January.

Robbie not only turned heads for her shimmering ensemble, but she also made headlines by bringing figure skater Tonya Harding, whom she plays in the film, as her red carpet date.

"She loved the movie".

After seeing the dark comedy in which Margot Robbie played Tonya, 'I came away from it [thinking] like she had nothing to do with it, ' Ellen said. "I don't think we exonerate her completely but I don't think she is as guilty as we all remember her to have been", she said.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Stan, who plays Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, told People: "I don't know if I should even say "Hi" to her, I mean, I play Jeff!"

With punk-rock flair and no four-letter word left behind, the exuberantly rebellious I, Tonya takes a club to the biopic genre.

Tonya Harding and star Margot Robbie hit it off at the premiere of the "I, Tonya" movie in which Robbie portrays Harding. It's framed as a fake documentary (it opens with the characters being interviewed 20 years later), and it has a tone of poker-faced goofball Americana that suggests a biopic made by the Coen brothers. For a while, you may make the mistake of thinking that I, TONYA is a joke: a blithe spoof of Tabloid Nation. "You'll laugh till it hurts".

Margot Robbie at the L.A. premiere of "I, Tonya" wearing a Versace dress and Jimmy Choo shoes. "She watched the film", director Craig Gillespie exclusively told Us Weekly in November.

And Janney is brilliantly caustic as the antagonistic LaVona. "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".

The figure skater once famous for her '90s-style outfits, complete with a scrunchie, wore a floor-length gown with orange straps as she mingled with stars of the film, including Allison Janney, who plays her mother, and Sebastian Stan, who plays Gillooly.

David Ehrlich, indieWire: "Fun enough and full of uncommonly dynamic skating sequences (Robbie is a hockey player and noted New York Rangers fan, after all) and larger-than-life performances, I, TONYA is more than the trashy pop time machine that audiences might expect".

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