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Margot Robbie on ‘I, Tonya’: The World Villainized Tonya Harding

One of the biggest films to come out of the TIFF this year was the story of the scandal that was the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan incident. I, Tonya captured audiences at the festival and was quickly picked up by Neon and will be released on December 8th.

With a cast like Sebastian Stan, Margot Robbie, and Allison Janney, there’s no doubt the film is going to be a smash.

Margot Robbie gave a lot of herself to the role of Tonya and it’s evident in every piece of footage we’ve seen so far. She also got to know Harding on a personal level and gained knowledge that the general public never had.

She recently spoke to EW about how the world villainized Harding.

It was like this giant game of Chinese whispers whereby 20 years later, everyone remembers with absolute certainty that Harding was the one holding a baseball bat bashing in Nancy Kerrigan’s kneecap. People would come up and be like, ‘Oh, I remember that happening, I remember seeing her hit someone with a baseball bat.’ … That didn’t happen! It just didn’t.’

It’s not just that people believed something that didn’t happen, it’s the fact that Harding was villainized enough that people were so quick to ‘remember’ things that never happened at all.

She was villainized so much by the media that people actually remember the whole thing totally differently. And they remember it with absolute conviction, which I found fascinating.’

While the film is listed as a mockumentary, we gather so far that it’ll be an enlightening journey through Harding’s life and how those around her had an effect on who she was.

I, Tonya will hit theaters on December 8th.

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