I, Tonya Totally Useless Movie Trivia -
Each week we countdown the top ten interesting behind the scenes pieces of movie trivia from our weekly movie review picks. This week, it's all about I, Tonya.
10. 'First runner-up' at the 'People's Choice Award' of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
8. Wrapped filming on March 10, 2017 according to Margot Robbie's Instagram account.
7. First film where Margot Robbie says "Suck my dick!".
6. Offscreen, Margot Robbie cannot perform a triple axel.
5. Kaiser Permanente provided the oxygen tube and canister for Allison Janney's character.
4. At the time of this "article", it is unknown if Jeff Stone (Gillooly) has seen I, Tonya.
3. This film breaks the fourth wall.
2. Margot Robbie took several of the scrunchies used throughout filming.
1. The Lloyd Center Skating Rink in Portland, Oregon offers a Platinum Birthday Party Package starting at $225.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Although Margot Robbie trained for the role, she wouldn't be able to do Tonya's triple axel as very few people in the world are able to and at least two of them were training for the Olympics. The choreography was done and the scenes were completed with the help of visual effects and CGI.
Steven Rogers' script was featured on the 2016 Black List of the most-liked scripts of the year.
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."
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.
Sarah Kawahara choreographed Nancy Kerrigan, the ice skater Tonya Harding's ex husband attacked. Kawahara also helped Robbie train for her role.
Margot Robbie trained with choreographer Sarah Kawahara for the role.
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.
Margot Robbie is five inches taller than Tonya Harding.
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.
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).
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.
R | 2h | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 19 January 2018 (USA)
Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Writer: Steven Rogers
Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney