Australian actress Margot Robbie is starring as Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya,” an upcoming biopic on the infamous figure skater whose 1994 rivalry with fellow American Nancy Kerrigan resulted in one of the most talked-about Olympic scandals of our age.
People magazine captured photos of Robbie on set of the film Monday, showing the “Suicide Squad” and “Wolf of Wall Street” star all but transformed in high-waisted jeans and permed wig to portray the disgraced figure skater.
Harding, as we all remember, was banned from figure skating when it was discovered that her ex-husband Jef Gillooly (played by Sebastian Stan in the film) had hired a hit-man to attack Kerrigan’s leg prior to the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships with the hopes of knocking Kerrigan out of Olympic contention. Both Harding and Kerrigan ended up competing in the Lillehammer Winter Games the following month, giving viewers and press awkward moments like this one …
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Kerrigan won the silver medal at Lillehammer behind Oksana Baiul. Harding placed eighth.