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Margot Robbie Transforms Into A Foul Mouthed Figure Skater In New Movie ‘I, Tonya’

Margot Robbie Transforms Into A Foul Mouthed Figure Skater In New Movie ‘I, Tonya’

“The haters always say ‘Tonya, tell the truth'. There’s no such thing as truth."

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie

Margot Robbie's profile skyrocketed following her role in The Wolf of Wall Street, where she played the sultry blonde wife of Jordan Belfort. The Aussie actor then took on the psychotic Harley Quinn for Suicide Squad, which showed she isn't just a pretty face.

Now the 27-year-old stars as figure skater Tonya Harding in a film about her rivalry with Nancy Kerrigan. Dressed in lycra and sequins, with blonde-brown teased and frizzy hair, it's a far cry away from the Margot Robbie that we're used to.

Set in the mid-90s, I, Tonya, tells the story of ex-spouses Tonya Harding and Jeff Gilooly; who hired a man to break the leg of Harding's competitor Nancy Kerrigan at the National Figure Skating Championship, which ended Robbie's character's career.

Check out the trailer here:

Credit: Neon

The trailer has more swearing in it that some movies have during the entire storyline. The film has already received heaps of praise from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a rating of 91 percent. The site's critical consensus reads: "Led by strong work from Margot Robbie and Alison Janney, I, Tonya finds the humour in its real-life story without losing sight of its more tragic - and emotionally resonant -elements."

While the Daily Beast's Richard Porton writes: "The most compelling aspects of I, Tonya do not involve pop sociology but instead reside in Janney and Robbie's success in making a half-forgotten scandal relevant in the era of Trump.

Ms Robbie says Tonya Harding, the woman who she plays in the film, has seen it, telling IMDB: "I personally could not watch someone distil my life into, you know, 100 and something page, and she was so gracious and amazing about it. Really, really amazing.

Tonya Harding
Tonya Harding

The real Tonya Harding. Credit: PA

"She was really complimentary about what we pulled off. She was really kind about my skating even though I'm nowhere near as good as I should be, but she was great."

Margot went through four months of ice skating training alone so that she could pull off some of the scenes. Along with her director, they would study Harding's actual routines and make sure they did her work justice.

Some of the moves completed by Harding during her career could only be done by a handful of people, mainly Olympians, so luckily for Ms Robbie, the crew utilised some special effects to pull off the more difficult parts to the routine.

The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, but is expected to be released in the US on 8 December before coming to the UK in mid-February.

Sources: IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Daily Beast

Featured Image Credit: I, Tonya/Neon

Topics: Awesome, Celebrity, UK Entertainment, US Entertainment, Margot Robbie, Movie, Film & TV