Here's What Nancy Kerrigan Had to Say About 'I, Tonya'

Posted January 13, 2018

Disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding's mother said her daughter is liar and the portrayal of her in the blockbuster "I, Tonya" is false.

If dredging up that tawdry subject all these years later seems tabloid-worthy and little else, you should know that the movie is a meditation on the elusiveness of truth.

What we have in "I, Tonya" is not a standard sports movie but the crazed crossbreed child of "Slap Shot" and "Goodfellas".

They are so hilariously bad as depicted by director Craig Gillespie (the criminally underrated "Lars and the Real Girl") that you should be left with one thought by the end of the film: Give the girl a break.

"If I were representing the team, I think what I would do is enter the room and I would bring a large jar of Vaseline", Policy said.

Harding discussed her history with abuse in the ABC interview, insisting there wasn't "more than one day a week, sometimes, that I didn't get beaten".

"I was like, I don't want to go through this again", Harding told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview released last week. This is no more apparent than during a moment near the end of the film in which Tonya looks directly into the camera and effectively tells us we're as complicit in her professional downward spiral as her actual abusers. I would never wish that on anyone.

That quote uttered by Brodesser-Akner happens to be a lyric directly from Stevens' song. "But they were talking about skating and saying, 'Well, maybe somebody should be taken out so then, you know, she can make it'".

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding
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Anyway, if you feel like crying you can read the whole thing here.

What about Tonya Harding, who's on what's been described as a redemption tour?

What do you think of Nancy Kerrigan's initial response? "No matter how hard the movie tries to coax out laughs, there's little about Ms. Harding, her circumstances or her choices that skews as amusing". Remember when Harding's rival, Nancy Kerrigan, was smashed on the knee with a metal club by someone hired by Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly? "I can skate, '" Harding shared with interviewer Amy Robach.

"I don't give a (expletive) about the movie", said LaVona "Sandy" Golden, who was played by Allison Janney in the movie. The former champion also underwent a psychiatric examination and surrendered her United States Figure Skating Association membership.

"It's scary playing a real life person especially when that person is still very much alive", she confessed.

News cameras captured Kerrigan wailing in pain after the attack.

So I thought I knew what to expect with "I, Tonya" and the first half of the film pretty much sticks to the hardscrabble-childhood-abusive-mother-and-husband story.

The 48-year-old athlete, who went on to win the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Lillehammer following the incident, has since retired from skating. As Harding's made the media rounds, the kneecapping incident has come up repeatedly and she's bristled each time.