Allison Janney puts her spin on ice-skating scandal in 'I, Tonya'

Allison Janney puts her spin on ice-skating scandal in 'I, Tonya'

Allison Janney puts her spin on ice-skating scandal in 'I, Tonya'

But, it was last night's Los Angeles premiere that brought her biggest style statement yet.

Not only was the part of the hard-driving mother of U.S. skater Tonya Harding written expressly for Janney, it also took her back to a world she knows intimately. Bizarrely enough, it's a tribute to tribute to American figure skater Tonya Harding.

The movie portrays Harding's rough upbringing under a domineering mother in OR and then the attack that made her a notorious sports figure.

Tonya Harding has gone from a disgraced Olympic figure skater to wowing Hollywood stars on the red carpet.

Kerrigan was clubbed in the thigh in an attack orchestrated by Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, that led to Harding being banned for life from the US Figure Skating Association.

'There were parts she didn't like but I think mostly she was really excited about it, ' Allison told Ellen.


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 Allison Janney revealed what the real-life Tonya Harding thought about the film after meeting her at Wednesday's Los Angeles premiere, when she appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday. Elevated by Margot Robbie and Allison Janney's shimmering performances, this entertaining account of those unusual events earns the sort of high marks for creative interpretation that its protagonist complained eluded her.

'Actually, it was a lot more complicated than that, the story of what happened to her. "She does care", said Janney.

Featuring the characters in direct-to-camera interviews, a strong undercurrent to the film is that Harding's downfall preceded several others of the tabloid-friendly 1990s, so much so that a "Hard Copy" reporter (played by Bobby Cannavale) is among the witnesses, wryly noting that the show was dismissed as trash by a media ecosystem that later mastered copying its sordid bag of tricks. "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.

Tonya Harding is back in the pop culture conversation, with the critically beloved I, Tonya - a dark comedy in which Margot Robbie plays the embattled figure skater - in theaters this Friday.

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