I, Tonya neatly-known person Margot Robbie on how the media ‘villainized’ Tonya Harding

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When Olympic figure skating hopeful Nancy Kerrigan became clubbed on the knee at a coaching session in 1994, it made headlines spherical the realm — and all eyes soon grew to change into to her skating rival Tonya Harding, who became accused of plotting the assault in conjunction with her ex-husband and her bodyguard.

Nonetheless Margot Robbie, who performs Harding within the upcoming movie I, Tonya, says the skater’s now-notorious recognition became heavily shaped by frenzied media coverage.

“It became admire this huge sport of Chinese whispers whereby two decades later, everyone remembers with thoroughly sure wager that [Harding] became the one preserving a baseball bat bashing in Nancy Kerrigan’s kneecap,” Robbie knowledgeable EW in a recent interview. “Folk would come up and be admire, ‘Oh, I endure in recommendations that occuring, I endure in recommendations seeing her hit someone with a baseball bat.’ … That didn’t happen! It correct didn’t.”

She added that Harding “became villainized so mighty by the media that americans in level of truth endure in recommendations the total thing thoroughly in a thoroughly different diagram. And so they endure in recommendations it with absolute conviction, which I discovered charming.”

Harding in a roundabout diagram pleaded responsible to conspiring to hinder prosecution within the assault and became banned from figure skating for life, even supposing she has long denied any involvement within the planning.

Robbie’s costar Allison Janney, who performs Harding’s mother, stated of the movie, “You leave having a diversified opinion about [Harding], I make a choice up. The target audience will peaceable form up their make a choice up recommendations about how mighty she became keen or no longer, but I make a choice up they’ll come away with a bit extra empathy for her.”

Look the video above for added from Robbie, Janney, and the rest of the I, Tonya solid. The movie opens Dec. 8.

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