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Hannah Rogers | 12 January, 2018, 04:10

"I, Tonya": Margot Robbie stars as Olympic ice skater Tonya Harding as she goes from talented competitor to being implicated in one of the most unusual scandals in the history of sports. As you say, I was the victim. A victim of devastating circumstances? Working off a reality that is already pretty out there, I, Tonya presents a dramatic mock-u-mentary retelling of these real-life events, which leave eyebrows raised from start to finish. It begins in a mock-documentary style with the characters - Margot Robbie as Harding, Sebastian Stan as Gillooly - giving present-day interviews recalling "the incident".

"I mean this is my sanctuary, and I don't have anything to escape from anymore, but I just love it so much", Harding, 47, told ABC News' Amy Robach in an interview for ABC News' two-hour special, "Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story", which airs January 11 at 9 p.m. ET. It's hard to shake the feeling that you're watching lovely celebrities slumming it as aging, working-class losers in these segments but Robbie, Janney, and Stan are all talented enough performers that their occasional presence as talking heads never overstays its welcome. I mean she dropped out of school to train every single day, landed all her jumps and stunts in competition, and she still never got the scores that she deserved.

"Not right now", Kerrigan told Shaugnessy. She doesn't deserve it. It's an over-the-top performance that really only works because Janney's entertainingly mean LeVona is never given a pass for a lifetime of shit parenting. And what's more American than that?

In an extreme example of this psychological torture, a very young Tonya is forced to urinate on the ice after her mother won't let her take a bathroom break. When Tonya pees herself, LaVona declares, "Skate wet!" Between cigarette drags, Tonya refuses responsibility for the avalanche of nightmares that defines her at-home and professional lives.

The two butted heads while Tonya was being interviewed by Piers Morgan. The FBI found the note, in Harding's handwriting, in the trash.

Tonya Harding didn't actually attack Nancy Kerrigan, the movie emphasizes, but it also never completely spells out how much she knew about the plot to intimidate Kerrigan paid for by her ex-husband-turned-manager.

"I'm always the bad person", Harding said. "Who would do that to a friend?" "I, Tonya" suggests that, in some ways, it's Tonya who is the victim.

When Harding's love fades and competitive fame rises, the estranged Gillooly tries to win her back by sending Kerrigan a threatening letter to scare her off the ice.

We're supposed to feel sorry for Harding because she grew up poor and had an abusive mother.

Former World Champion figure skater Tonya Harding nearly walked out of the show "Good Morning Britain" on Monday after a heated agreement with host Piers Morgan. Morgan asked, pertaining to how the film seemed to have made her look like a victim. "But they were talking about skating and saying, 'Well, maybe somebody should be taken out so then, you know, she can make it'".

"I, Tonya" directed by Craig Gillespie, is now playing at The Charles Theatre.

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