Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

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

'I, Tonya': Allison Janney Reveals What Tonya Harding Thinks of the Biopic 'I, Tonya': Allison Janney Reveals What Tonya Harding Thinks of the Biopic
Stacy Diaz | 08 December, 2017, 09:04

Tonya Harding has gone from a disgraced Olympic figure skater to wowing Hollywood stars on the red carpet. Once the story moves into the meat of the action, though - from Tonya moving in with Jeff to the insanity that follows - she paints a layered and unexpectedly sympathetic portrait as the most seemingly trustworthy of the film's alternating narrators. Meanwhile, host Ellen DeGeneres also gave her rave reviews, telling Janney that she is sure to get nominated for an Oscar. "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.

Plot: Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) is a hugely talented figure skater that is rejected by the uppity U.S. Figure Skating team because of her working class origins.

At other times, particularly in its depiction of the abuses directed toward Tonya (Margot Robbie) by everyone from her husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan), who was convicted of masterminding the attack on Kerrigan, to her mother (Allison Janney), the movie is gut-wrenchingly real.

While numerous nominations are the least that Robbie can expect, Allison Janney, as Tonya's charismatically offensive mother, is so rude, in your face, and huge that she is immediately the front-runner for the Best Supporting Actress gong. "There were parts she didn't like, but I think. mostly, she was really excited about it".

"I could see so much defensiveness in her and denial about not caring for her daughter ..."

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

Harding wore several memorable costumes during her career in the 1990s, which came to an end after an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan. According to Janney, the film shows that the situation was "a lot more complicated" than it appeared in the media at the time. "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.