Because we’re curious how it will handle the episode involving Nancy Kerrigan, we really want to see “I, Tonya,” the film now being made about former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.
The movie directed by Aussie Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl”) stars Margot Robbie as Harding, Kerrigan’s onetime teammate whose husband, Jeff Gillooly, orchestrated the infamous attack on Kerrigan just days before the 1994 Winter Olympics.
The other day, we talked to 10-year-old Mckenna Grace, the actress who plays Harding as a child in “I, Tonya.” She told us the role was difficult, both physically and emotionally.
“Physically, it was the most challenging role I’ve ever done before because I had to learn to ice skate, and I’ve never done ice skating before,” said Grace, who also costars in the new movie “Gifted” with Chris Evans and Jenny Slate. “I’d fall and I was all beaten up but I had to get up and keep trying.”
The cast of “I, Tonya” also includes Allison Janney, who plays Harding’s mother, LaVona Golden. And if you don’t think you can muster any sympathy for Harding, Grace is here to tell you “I, Tonya” might surprise you.
“It’s a really great script. It shows Tonya’s childhood and sometimes it makes you feel really bad for her,” she said. “Allison Janney is so wonderful. She plays this horrid, mean role but in real life she was the kindest person.”
Kerrigan, who grew up in Stoneham, is played in the film by actress Caitlin Carver. The 1994 Olympic silver medalist is on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars,” dancing with Artem Chigvintsev.
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