Sufjan Stevens Pays Homage to Tonya Harding on New Song
Dec 08 2017 by Francis Osborne
We all think we know the story.
"She loved the movie", Janney told host Ellen DeGeneres.
Figure skating was Janney's childhood passion and although she doesn't perform any double axels in "I, Tonya", her role is expected to bring the former "West Wing" actress her first Oscar nomination next month.
Tonya Harding has gone from a disgraced Olympic figure skater to wowing Hollywood stars on the red carpet.
That protagonist, of course, is Tonya Harding, the figure skater etched into the public consciousness by her association with one of the strangest modern scandals - namely, her husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan) participating in a plot to kneecap her principal rival, Nancy Kerrigan, prior to the 1994 Olympics.
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"She is sort of a monster on the page and I had to find her humanity, and what she wanted in life".
While Robbie and screenwriter Steven Rogers met with Harding and Gillooly, Janney had little to go on to play LaVona except for a 1980s student documentary. "And I think people come away with a lot more compassion for her".
He details Harding's underdog rise to the top of the figure skating world, the infamous Nancy Kerrigan incident, and her subsequent fall from grace -ultimately dubbing her "America's sweetheart with a dark twist".
Unfortunately, "I, Tonya" moves too quickly and incorporates too many different points of views to ever make these elements really connect, while the skating scenes flounder because of some very ropey special effects.
Janney pretty almost steals the show as Tonya's foul-mouthed, chain-smoking mother, who constantly gripes about how she's squandering her limited resources on skating lessons and coaching for a girl, she's told, who "stands out because she looks like she chops wood every morning". Actually, it was a lot more complicated than that, the story of what happened to her.