Margot Robbie Is Playing This Psycho Ice Skater in Her New Film
Margot Robbie seems to have a thing for playing psychos in her movies. In fact, her next movie is called “I, Tonya,” and it’s about the insane story of rival ’90s ice skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.
[NEW] Margot Robbie was spotted training for her role as a professional ice skater in “I, Tonya”! pic.twitter.com/053txcNO5a
— best of margot (@bestofmargot) January 3, 2017
But if you haven’t heard the story of who Tonya Harding is, or why a movie is being made about her, buckle your damn seatbelt! This is quite a wild ride.
So way back in day, meaning in 1994, Tonya and Nancy were both at the top of their game as two of the best figure skaters in United States. With the U.S. Women’s Championships coming up, the competition that would precede and decide who made it to the 1994 Olympics, everything was on the line for Nancy.
Then, shit got crazy.
On January 6, 1994, Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by a hit-man who beat the crap out of her leg with a club. The injury forced her to withdraw from the championship, and Tonya went on to place first in the competition.
And people thought Tonya did it — or at least organized it.
The media ate it up. Reporters flocked from every corner of the world, camping out in front of Tonya and Nancy’s houses trying to cover the story, frothing at the mouth for the smallest development. It wasn’t until Jeff Gillooly, Tonya’s ex-husband, pled guilty for plotting the attack on Nancy in February of 1994 that Tonya was officially implicated for her involvement when he named her in his plea bargain.
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Tonya’s ex-husband, the hired hitman, and two other men were sentenced to prison for conspiring to attack Nancy.
But here’s where shit gets even more whack. With this new knowledge, the U.S. Olympic Committee thought about kicking Tonya off the Olympic team, but they didn’t because she sued them for millions of dollars. So, after conspiring to attack a teammate, she was STILL somehow allowed to compete. Like, are you shitting me?
Thankfully, karma is a real bitch and Nancy ended up getting the silver medal, and Tonya placed 8th. Sucks to suck.
Tonya was eventually banned from competing in anymore U.S. figure skating competitions, and rightfully so. She still claims that she didn’t know about the attack, and was eventually sentenced to three years of probation and fined her $100,000. You’d have to be pretty batshit crazy to think that attacking your competition will help you win.
Following her expulsion, Tonya was stripped of all her figure skating titles and took up boxing and automobile racing to make money. Boxing does seem like an appropriate career for someone who conspired to bludgeon a colleague, so good choice, bb.
And after Margot’s stunning performance as psycho Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad,” we literally can’t wait to see her play next-level psycho Tonya.