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On TV Tonight: Margot Robbie Takes Your Breath Away in This Film Based on a Sordid True Story

On TV Tonight: Margot Robbie Takes Your Breath Away in This Film Based on a Sordid True Story

On TV Tonight: Margot Robbie Takes Your Breath Away in This Film Based on a Sordid True Story


I, Tonya: An Extraordinary Biopic Directed by Margot Robbie

I, Tonyareleased in 2018 is a biopic directed by Craig Gillespie. The film offers a compelling and nuanced portrait of figure skater Tonya Harding, famous for her controversial involvement in the attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Mixing dark humor and drama, the film takes the viewer behind the scenes of the competitive and cutthroat world of figure skating.

The film traces the life of Tonya Harding (played to perfection by Margot Robbie), from her difficult childhood, marked by an abusive relationship with her mother, LaVona Golden (Allison Janney), to her rise in the world of figure skating. Harding, known for her athletic style and controversial personality, became famous for being the first American woman to land a triple axel in competition. However, her career is marred by the brutal attack on Nancy Kerrigan, orchestrated by her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan) and his associates. The film explores the impact of this event on Harding’s life and career, while also providing a critical look at how she was perceived by the media and the public.

An impressive performance

When it came out in theaters, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney’s performances are acclaimed by audiences and critics. Both were nominated for an Oscar (a first for Margot Robbie) but only Allison Janney won the statuette for Best Supporting Actress.

At the box office, I, TonyaIt performed very well, grossing nearly $54 million against a budget of just $11 million.

While Margot Robbie underwent extensive figure skating training to prepare for the role, some of the more complex tricks and skating sequences were performed by professional stunt doubles. Special effects and trick techniques were used to integrate the actress’s face onto the bodies of professional skaters, making the transitions seamless and believable on screen.

The True Story of the Nancy Kerrigan Assault

Born in 1970 in Portland, Oregon, Tonya Harding lived a childhood marked by poverty and abuse. She began skating at a young age and quickly distinguished herself for her athletic ability.

On January 6, 1994, Nancy Kerrigan, one of Harding’s main rivals, was attacked after a training session in Detroit. A man, later identified as Shane Stant, hit Kerrigan in the right leg with a telescopic baton, aiming to prevent her from competing. Kerrigan collapsed, screaming in pain. The moment was captured on camera:

The investigation quickly reveals that the attack was orchestrated by Jeff Gillooly, Tonya Harding’s ex-husband, and his accomplice Shawn Eckardt. Also involved were Shane Stant, the perpetrator of the attack, and Derrick Smith, her driver. They hoped to increase Harding’s chances of winning the national championships and earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

Despite the attack, Nancy Kerrigan quickly recovered. She competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, where he won the silver medal. The incident generated immense sympathy for Kerrigan, solidifying her popularity and status in the figure skating world. Harding finished only eighth after a disappointing performance.

As a result of the investigation, Tonya Harding was banned for life from competitive figure skating by the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) and fined $110,000 for perjury.

What happened to Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding?

After her competitive career, Nancy Kerrigan continued to perform in professional skating shows and appeared on various television programs. She is also active in charity work and supporting young athletes.

After the relationship, Tonya Harding found herself ostracized from the skating world and had to seek other means of support. She took up professional boxing for a time and appeared on reality shows and other documentaries. She also tried to start an acting career in Hollywood, but was unsuccessful. According to the New York Times, she also worked as a clerk in a department store.

Source: Cine Serie

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