Whereas director Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya is technically based mostly on a real story, that “fact” very a lot is determined by who’s telling the story. The film explores the views of Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding, Sebastian Stan’s Jeff Gillooly, and Allison Janney’s LaVona Golden, and all of them have very completely different takes on the titular ice skater’s infamous story. It makes for an attention-grabbing expertise as an viewers member, however weirdly sufficient it additionally induced Robbie to make some notable modifications in her efficiency. The actress lately instructed me,
I created the character, and caught with that character the entire manner by means of. Her mannerisms, her physicality, her voice, her viewpoint, at all times stayed the identical. Her viewpoint on elementary issues at all times stayed the identical. Her persona stayed the identical. They physicality stayed the identical. The few scenes that we’re seeing Tonya in Jeff’s viewpoint, sure, my intentions needed to be altered. I needed to alter my mindset as if I used to be residing in a parallel universe the place I did know issues that I had not plotted out to know.
The Australian actress went all in portraying one of the infamous figures in sports activities historical past, and confirmed that dedication with super constancy to the film’s imaginative and prescient. Whereas talking with Margot Robbie through the I, Tonya press day earlier this month in Los Angeles, I requested how the shifting views of the story modified her efficiency. She defined that she legitimately approached the scenes instructed from the attitude of Jeff Gillooly in another way than she did in elements of the story seen from Tonya’s viewpoint.
Telling the story of the conspiracy that led to the assault on Nancy Kerrigan earlier than the 1994 Winter Olympics, I, Tonya begins with a disclaimer saying that it’s, “Based mostly on irony free, wildly contradictory, completely true interviews with Tonya Harding and Jeff Gillooly,” and it actually lives as much as that. Tonya and Jeff have very completely different views on the way in which that the entire thing went down, and it results in a artistic little bit of storytelling anchored by an excellent efficiency. There aren’t many actresses who may have dropped at the movie what Margot Robbie does, and it explains why her title is getting talked about so much as award season continues to warmth up.
You possibly can click on play on the video under to look at Margot Robbie talk about her distinctive method to her efficiency in I, Tonya:
Following its spectacular debut on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Competition again in September, I, Tonya has now discovered its manner into restricted launch. Hopefully selecting up extra notable nominations (Margot Robbie is up for Best Actress — Comedy at the Golden Globes) will result in the film to begin exhibiting in additional theaters nationwide.