Janney's past as an aspiring figure skater made her a natural choice to be cast.
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.
Margot Robbie at the L.A. premiere of "I, Tonya" wearing a Versace dress and Jimmy Choo shoes.
One aspect Harding might appreciate is that the movie doesn't paint her as the villain that many saw her as in 1994, when her ex-husband and bodyguard hired a man to attack her chief competitor, Nancy Kerrigan.More news: DCEU getting reworked following disappointment of Justice League
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The 58-year-old actress, who plays mother LaVona in the film, also revealed what real-life Tonya Harding thought about the film. When Harding's place on the USA team is threatened by Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver), though, Jeff and his friend Shawn (Paul Walter Hauser) hire men to break her leg.
"She is sort of a monster on the page and I had to find her humanity, and what she wanted in life". "There were parts she didn't like, but I think. mostly, she was really excited about it".
(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.
"I could see so much defensiveness in her and denial about not caring for her daughter ..."
Janney well recalls the Harding-Kerrigan incident, but she came away from the film with a different view. "She does care", said Janney. "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.