'I was the victim': Kerrigan snaps over I, Tonya

12 January, 2018, 15:08 | Author: Laverne Higgins
  • Caption + Margot Robbie gives an incisive performance as Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding. MUST CREDIT Neon-30West

Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. She said she also didn't watch the Golden Globes, because she was in San Jose for the US national figure skating championships.

There was something disconcerting watching Oprah drop her powerhouse speech about ending harassment and assault while a convicted felon sat a few feet away. She's played to spine-tingling, hilarious perfection by Allison Janney (who, along with Robbie, should be a safe bet for an Oscar nomination). "Why would I throw a steak knife at anybody?" she says, adding that Harding has "lied so much she doesn't know what isn't a lie anymore".

"I was like, I don't want to go through this again", Harding told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview released last week. "But I think I'm going to have to say 'have a good night, '" Harding said. She is played by Margot Robbie, who is also a producer on the film.

Their conversation eventually cooled down a bit, with Harding continuing to deny she had anything to do with the 1994 attack on Kerrigan, in which she was beat with a police baton just one day before the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. February 1, 1994: Gillooly pleads guilty to racketeering in exchange for a 24-month sentence February 10, 1994: Harding sues U.S. Olympic Committee to stop a planned hearing to discuss whether she should participate in the Olympics.

The biopic presents Harding not as the villain in the infamous Kerrigan kneecapping attack, but instead as the victim of an abusive mother and husband, Jeff Gillooly, whom the film blames entirely for the attack.

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She was sentenced to three years probation and a $160,000 fine. Dirt poor, foulmouthed as a mobster and tough as leather, LaVona raises Tonya, her sixth child from her fourth husband, with tough love - except without the love. Harding admitted that she failed to tell authorities what she knew about the attack on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan.

The U.S. Olympic Committee reportedly hopes Harding will withdraw from the team before the Winter Games at Lellehammer, Norway. "It makes you cringe, hearing it", Harding said.

"I see a much softer, more positive side of Tonya than I've ever seen". "Now, she's happily married".

"I've been with my husband for seven years. We didn't live in filth or dirt or anything that I would call unusual".

Not that Harding is an angel; the film doesn't sidestep her reality and mistakes of her own making. "Enough apologizing", she said. I haven't seen the movie. No actress tries harder to make herself detestable, even down to her appearance, framing her weathered wrinkles in over-sized plastic glasses and a thick pageboy clump of mud-brown hair.



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