Nancy Kerrigan, the Olympic skater targeted in the 1994 baton attack chronicled in I, Tonya, says she hasn’t seen the film yet. I, Tonya has become a major breakthrough vehicle for actress Margot Robbie, a star on the rise thanks to her winning portrayal as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad in 2016.
Robbie has been showered with multiple accolades for her performance as controversial skater Tonya Harding this awards season, including Best Actress nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, as well as multiple critic organizations. If the momentum surrounding her performance continues, Robbie may very well be among those up for Best Actress when the Oscar nominations are revealed January 23.
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Presented in a docudrama format, I, Tonya, which is being billed as a dark comedy, takes a look at the Harding’s tough upbringing and alleged abusive relationships with her now ex-husband Jeff Gilooly (Sebastian Stan) and mother Lavona Golden (Allison Janney); and builds toward the infamous incident in 1994 when her chief competitor Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver) was struck on the knee with a baton before the Lillehammer games by Shane Stant (Ricky Russert) in an attempt to take her out of the competition. The suspects in the incident were caught and prosecuted, and both Harding and Kerrigan moved on to skate in the games, with Kerrigan earning a silver medal.
I, Tonya presents the story from the different points of view of the principals implicated in the attack, and ultimately, the movie seems to vindicate Harding, who at the time was considered to be one of the most hated people in America.
Now, with the success of I, Tonya and wider exposure the film is getting thanks to the film’s accolades and awards season buzz, the person at the center of the attack is breaking her silence. In an interview with the Boston Globe (via The Wrap), Kerrigan says she hasn’t seen the movie nor is in any hurry to, adding, “I really have nothing to say about it. I haven’t seen anything. I haven’t watched anything.” Right now, she says, “I’m just busy living my life.”
I, Tonya presents Harding and Kerrigan as friendly rivals, noting that the two skaters were even roommates at one point. Harding, at least in I, Tonya, doesn’t appear to bare any ill-will toward Kerrigan, and the film presents Harding as more of a mostly-unknowing participant in a plot, which evolved from a threatening note into the baton attack. In the end, there’s no question that Harding is portrayed in a much different light than the public saw her in 1994 and years thereafter.
In the interview, Kerrigan seems to want to forget about the incident, yet remind people that she was the one targeted. She says:
“At this point, it’s so much easier and better to just be … it’s not really part of my life. As you say, I was the victim. Like, that’s my role in this whole thing. That’s it … It is weird, that’s for sure. A bizarre thing. The whole thing was crazy, being that it’s a story. I mean, come on.”
Kerrigan’s husband/agent, Jerry Solomon contacted the Globe after after the interview, saying that his wife will remain mum on the subject until she’s ready: “Our position at this point is to say nothing. When we collectively, or Nancy individually, decide what to do, when we are ready to say something, we will.
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Source: The Boston Globe (via The Wrap)