'I, Tonya': Allison Janney Reveals What Tonya Harding Thinks of the Biopic

'I, Tonya': Allison Janney Reveals What Tonya Harding Thinks of the Biopic

In the realm of modern-day tabloid sensations, the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan scandal occupies the sort of rarefied air shared by only a select few counterparts.

The stars aligned for Allison Janney when she dressed up in a cheap fur coat, perched a parakeet on her shoulder, and chain-smoked and swore through figure-skating movie "I, Tonya". "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. I was quite graceful on the ice but I'm six feet (183 centimetres) tall and ultimately didn't think I was going to be able to do the jumps that were required to go to the Olympics", Janney, now 58, said.

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.

Harding gave Janney her seal of approval for her portrayal of LaVona Golden, the skater's mother.

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(L-R) Craig Gillespie, Sebastian Stan, Steven Rogers, Allison Janney, Tonya Harding, Paul Walter Hauser, Margot Robbie and Tom Quinn attend the after party for the premiere of "I, Tonya" on December 5, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

There's a surprising depth to "I, Tonya", too, as the sheer resilience of Harding stirs.

Janney well recalls the Harding-Kerrigan incident, but she came away from the film with a different view.

They find their way in with an approach that avoids the usual crutch of a reliable narrator and a straightforward linear progression, contextualizing that seminal moment by depicting the larger scope of Harding's life and deepening our understanding of a person often regarded as little more than a low-level, criminal punchline by focusing on her fundamental humanity. "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.

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