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  • Although a member of an amateur ice hockey league, Margot Robbie didn't 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.
  • Wrapped filming on March 10, 2017 according to Margot Robbie's Instagram account.
  • '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 wasn't able to perform a triple axel, nor could a skating double be found 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'd 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.
  • Nancy Kerrigan stated in interviews relating to her Dancing with the Stars (2005) appearance that she wouldn't be seeing the 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 Tonya Harding's ex husband 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, so 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 wears wigs as Tonya Harding. Surprisingly, the hair team used beer to achieve the "crunchy" permed look when regular hair products didn't 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 I, Tonya 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 her 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. Tonya Harding didn't 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.
  • I, Tonya marks the third film Margot Robbie has features in in which breaking the fourth wall is a prominent part of the plot. The other two being The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and The Big Short (2015). On I, Tonya and The Big Short her characters (Tonya Harding and, basically herself) speak to the audience, whereas her character in The Wolf of Wall Street (Naomi Lapaglia) does not.
  • In this film Margot Robbie, and Sebastian Stan both portray redneck Americans, but in real life neither of them are actually American. Margot Robbie is Australian, and Sebastian Stan is Romanian.
  • Margot Robbie's Best Actress Oscar nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year.

Spoilers

  • When Tonya Harding herself first saw the film, she particularly liked the "Suck my dick!" line. She told Margot Robbie that she wished she had actually said that in real life.
  • This film breaks the fourth wall.
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