The Los Angeles premiere of I, Tonya featured an appearance by the former figure skater, who posed with the film's stars on the red carpet on Tuesday night. Robbie essentially had to learn from scratch, so it won't surprise any athlete to learn that even a rigorous five-days-a-week training schedule wasn't enough to turn her into Harding. She was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association, received three years probation, a $160,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. Her first big breakthrough came in 1991, when she won (with her first triple axel) the US Championships and was awarded the event's first 6.0 ever given to a single female skater for technical merit. "I thought I was going to meet her to placate her, but really she was more anxious about me-how I was doing with the ice-skating, how I was doing with the fame at a young age". "I don't know if I could do that!" she said at the film's NYC opening on November 28. No amount of training could have prepared Robbie to even attempt such a trick on the ice.
At first, Robbie and Gillespie assumed they would be able to find an ice skating double for the actor to shoot the particularly hard move. Tonya Harding finished eighth. "I needed help", Robbie told reporters at the Toronto International Film Festival, via Popsugar.
Sufjan Stevens had a busy November, releasing a Thanksgiving mixtape featuring unreleased material from the Carrie & Lowell sessions, and unveiling two new songs (and a remix) that are used prominently in the more critically lauded films of this year, Luca Guadagnino's controversial Italian romance drama Call Me By Your Name.
I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie previously opened up about the movie in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly.
So, Robbie didn't emerge from filming I, Tonya with Olympic-level ice skating skills, but she did get some Olympic-worthy advice from Harding herself.