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  • Although a member of an amateur ice hockey league, Margot Robbie did not have that much skating experience before taking on the role of Tonya Harding.
  • Margot Robbie trained with choreographer Sarah Kawahara for the role.
  • Steven Rogers' script was featured on the 2016 Black List of the most-liked, unproduced scripts of the year.
  • The movie wrapped filming on March 10, 2017, according to Margot Robbie's Instagram account.
  • This film was the "first runner-up" at the People's Choice Award of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
  • Margot Robbie is five inches taller than Tonya Harding.
  • Although Margot Robbie trained extensively for the role, she was not able to perform a triple axel, nor could a skating double be found to do so, as very few women figure skaters are able to perform the jump. Producer Tom Ackerley stated, "There has been only six women since Tonya who have done a triple axel, even if there was one who was doing it today, she'd be training for the Olympics and couldn't risk doing it for the film." The jump was accomplished with the use of visual effects.
  • Tonya Harding served as a consultant on the film.
  • Allison Janney had seriously trained to become a figure skater throughout her childhood and adolescence. However, when she was 17, she accidentally walked into a sliding glass door and gravely injured her right leg. In 2014, during an interview on "Fresh Air," Janney told interviewer Terry Gross that her leg came close to being amputated. "I lost like three-quarters of my blood. I lost an artery and cut tendon....I was in the hospital for like seven--seven, eight weeks. I missed my first year of college. You know, and after that, of course, I didn't really--I didn't skate for a very long time."
  • Writer Steven Rogers, a long-time friend of Allison Janney, wrote the role of LaVona Golden with Janney in mind. He had written several roles for Janney in the past, but other actresses ended up getting those parts. She later thanked Rogers in her acceptance speech for the Best Supporting Actress award at the 75th Golden Globes for convincing her to take the part. Janney would also go on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film.
  • Nancy Kerrigan stated in interviews relating to her Dancing with the Stars (2005) appearance that she would not be seeing this movie, despite not knowing how much of it would feature her, saying, "I already lived through that."
  • McKenna Grace previously collaborated with co-star, onscreen friend, and real life friend of Sebastian Stan, Chris Evans from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Gifted (2017).
  • Sarah Kawahara choreographed Nancy Kerrigan, the ice skater Jeff Gillooly aimed to attack. Kawahara also helped Robbie train for her role.
  • One of American film critic Chase Whale's top 10 films of the year.
  • Not being a "bird" person in particular, Allison Janney had some difficulty adapting to having one perched on her shoulder for so many of her scenes. The production had to "audition" three different birds before settling on one they nicknamed "Little Man," the least hyperactive of the lot.
  • To prevent damaging her hair, Margot Robbie wore wigs as Tonya Harding. Surprisingly, the hair team used beer to achieve the "crunchy" permed look when regular hair products did not produce the desired result.
  • Margot Robbie took several of the scrunchies used throughout filming.
  • Film critic, actor, director, and writer Caillou Pettis placed the film at number three on his list of his twenty favorite films released in 2017.
  • In 1993, director Craig Gillespie directed a Campbell's Soup ad starring Nancy Kerrigan, who is a featured character in this movie.
  • According to Allison Janney, an effort was made by screen writer Steven Rogers to track down Tonya Harding's mother, but they had no luck. Unbeknownst to the production crew, LaVona Golden was being tracked down for an interview for Access Hollywood.
  • Steven Rogers never had experience interviewing a real-life subject before the film. He initially called Tonya Harding's agent to obtain the life rights to her story and got a Motel 6. When he finally tracked her down, he found her extremely forthcoming over a two-day interview. Harding did not feel like she had anything to lose at that point.
  • In the scene of the 1992 Albertville Olympics, Margot Robie, who plays Tonya Harding, is wearing Chanel (CC) earrings. In real life she did not wear those earrings, even though the production team went to great lengths getting Tonya Harding dresses exactly right.
  • Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan portray redneck Americans, but neither actor is American. Robbie is Australian and Stan is Romanian.
  • Margot Robbie's Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar-nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year.
  • When Tonya Harding performed the triple axle at the 1991 Nationals, her routine was choreographed to Danny Elfman's theme for Batman (1989). Margot Robbie, who played Harding in this film, played Batman villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016).
  • Sebastian Stan starred in the Captain America movies as Bucky Barnes, a friend of Steve Rogers. This film was written by screenwriter Steven Rogers.
  • Sebastian Stan starred in the movie The Bronze (2015) alongside Melissa Rauch, whose character was inspired by Tonya Harding. The real Tonya Harding also had a cameo in the same movie.
  • Allison Janney filmed her Oscar-winning role in only eight days.
  • This film was one of two movies released in 2017 to feature "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac on their soundtrack. The other was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).
  • The song "Gloria", by Laura Branigan, was featured in this movie. The original Italian version of the song was featured in Wolf of Wall Street, also starring Margot Robbie.
  • Sebastian Stan met with Jeff Gillooly two weeks before shooting began to get some perspective.
  • Both Sebastian Stan and Margot Robbie played a superhero character from the two major comic books publishing companies. Sebastian Stan plays Winter Soldier (Marvel) and Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn (DC).
  • At the wedding, Tonya and Jeff smash cake into each others face. To the superstitious, this is a bad omen.
  • Margot Robbie and Tonya Harding had met before shooting of this movie started. They talked about the difficulties Robbie had with her ice skating training sessions. Tonya was really sweet to Robie. She was worried Robbie would get hurt during training and suggested she could learn her some techniques at the ice skating hall near Tony?'s home. Unfortunately Robbie didn't bring her skates along to the meeting with Tonya Harding, so they never skated together.
  • Sebastian Stan has blue eyes but wore brown contacts to match Jeff Gillooly's eye color.
  • Margot Robbie mentioned in an interview that she had met the real Tonya Harding before shooting of this movie started. Together they talked about the difficulties Margot Robbie had with her ice skating training sessions. Tonya was really nice in trying to help her, according to Margot Robbie. She was worried Robbie would get hurt during training and suggested she could learn her some techniques at the ice skating hall near Tonya's home. Unfortunately Robbie didn't bring her ice skates along to the meeting with Tonya Harding, so they unfortunately never skated together.

Spoilers

  • When Tonya Harding first saw the film, she particularly liked the "Suck my dick!" line. She told Margot Robbie that she wished she had actually said that.
  • This film breaks the fourth wall.
  • I, Tonya (2017) is the third film Margot Robbie featured in which breaking the fourth wall is a prominent concept. The other two were The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Big Short (2015). In I, Tonya (2017) and The Big Short (2015), her characters (Tonya Harding and herself) speak to the audience, whereas her character in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) (Naomi Lapaglia) does not.
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