Perhaps the pressure of training to be a figure skater since early childhood got to Tonya Harding, winner of the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. It’s believed she came up with a plan to knock out her main competition, Nancy Kerrigan, prior to the 1994 U.S. Nationals.
Twenty-three years after the assault on her opponent, the new biopic, I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad) in the title role, lays out just what happened leading up to the brutal incident when Kerrigan was attacked by an unidentified man wielding a police baton
The Australian actress narrates the clip above, perfectly capturing Harding’s voice: “America. They want someone to love. But, they want someone to hate. And the haters always say, ‘Tonya, tell the truth.’”
She doesn’t follow-up that sentiment with a concrete answer, saying instead, “There’s no such thing as truth. I mean, it’s bullsh*t.”
Hmm, that’s one way to look at it (or a way to justify not owning up to past wrongdoings).
The shocking attack was later discovered to have been orchestrated by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and bodyguard, Shawn Eckhardt, but carried out by a hired hitman. At the time, Harding claimed she learned of the plot only after it transpired.
I, Tonya, written by Steven Rogers and directed by Craig Gillespie, will hit theaters on December 8, 2017.
Do you think with this film we might get to the truth?