Nancy Kerrigan Hasn't Seen 'I, Tonya' Yet

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

However, she was forced to withdraw from the 1994 World Figure Skating Championships and was later banned for life from the United States Figure Skating Association.

Allison Janney makes an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, on Thursday (December 7), to chat about her role in her new film, I, Tonya!

With punk-rock flair and no four-letter word left behind, the exuberantly rebellious I, Tonya takes a club to the biopic genre. "I just wanted to giver her a hug, 'cause back when we first heard about this story we were told what to think about her and we were told she was a villain. There were parts she didn't like but I think mostly she was really excited about it", Allison told Ellen.

Dark comedy "I, Tonya", opening in U.S. movie theaters on Friday, is based on the life of Harding (played by Margot Robbie) and the infamous 1994 attack on her Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan. LaVona talks local coach Diane Rawlinson (Julianne Nicholson) into training 4-year-old Tonya when Diane sees what a natural she is on the ice. "The lively and lurid film has solid commercial legs under it and marks a rebound for Gillespie, who has yet to match his lovable breakout film, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, but is definitely earning his right to keep trying".

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Though Kerrigan, 48, has yet to see I, Tonya, it has already received the stamp of approval from Harding. Now I'm going to bet on you cos I know you're a cheater'. It is that, yet it's also built around something piercingly sharp and honest: Margot Robbie's canny, live-wire deeply sympathetic performance. "She does care", said Janney. "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. 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.

I, Tonya retells the story of Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly's plot to injure Kerrigan so that the figure skater would not be able to compete in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. But the main takeaway is a believable one: "that Harding, just 23 at the time, deserved better than yet another beat-down meted out by a much-entertained public".

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