Margot Robbie First Thought Tonya Harding Script Was Fiction
Her voice is an 'eerie imitation' of Tonya Harding's
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2017 4:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – The first teaser trailer for Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya is out—and critics are very impressed with what they've seen of Margot Robbie's performance as the disgraced figure skater. The movie follows Harding's life from her early days skating to the aftermath of the infamous 1994 attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, an attack she has long denied involvement in. "America, they want someone to love. But they want someone to hate," Robbie says in what People describes as an "eerie imitation" of Harding's voice. "And the haters always say, 'Tonya, tell the truth!' There's no such thing as truth. I mean, it’s bulls---."

The clip depicts what Rolling Stone describes as a "delightfully ruthless" Harding stubbing out a cigarette under her skate before taking to the ice. Robbie, who grew up in Australia, told an interviewer earlier this year that she was only four years old when the scandal was in the news, and when she read the script for I,Tonya, she initially believed it was pure fiction. The movie, which also stars Sebastian Stan as ex-husband and Kerrigan attack mastermind Jeff Gilooly, will open in New York and Los Angeles and Dec. 8, with a wider release scheduled for Jan. 19.

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