Allison Janney puts her spin on ice-skating scandal in 'I, Tonya'

Allison Janney puts her spin on ice-skating scandal in 'I, Tonya'

But, it was last night's Los Angeles premiere that brought her biggest style statement yet.

"She loved the movie".

Not only was the part of the hard-driving mother of USA skater Tonya Harding written expressly for Janney, it also took her back to a world she knows intimately.

"I had dreams of being an Olympic figure skater".

Directed by Craig Gillespie, I, Tonya follows Harding (Margot Robbie) during her formative years through the scandal that rocked her career, when she and ex-husband Jeff Gilooly (Sebastian Stan) became embroiled in a violent plot to nix Nancy Kerrigan's 1994 Winter Olympics bid with a telescopic baton to the knee.

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The culprits, fellow USA skater Tonya Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt, were soon caught. "I think if you asked LaVona, she would say she gave her daughter an incredible upbringing and made her a champion", Janney said. Elevated by Margot Robbie and Allison Janney's shimmering performances, this entertaining account of those unusual events earns the sort of high marks for creative interpretation that its protagonist complained eluded her.

"I could see so much defensiveness in her and denial about not caring for her daughter".

Janney well recalls the Harding-Kerrigan incident but she came away from the film with a different view.

Janney pretty almost steals the show as Tonya's foul-mouthed, chain-smoking mother, who constantly gripes about how she's squandering her limited resources on skating lessons and coaching for a girl, she's told, who "stands out because she looks like she chops wood every morning". Actually, it was a lot more complicated than that, the story of what happened to her.

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