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

Getty Images       Tonya Harding and star Margot Robbie hit it off at the premiere of the

Kerrigan was clubbed in the thigh in an attack orchestrated by Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, that led to Harding being banned for life from the US Figure Skating Association. Actually, it was a lot more complicated than that, the story of what happened to her.

Gillooly and bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt hired Shane Stant to hit Kerrigan in the knee with a metal baton after a practice session in 1994 in the hope of badly injuring her ahead of the Olympics.

Robbie not only turned heads for her shimmering ensemble, but she also made headlines by bringing figure skater Tonya Harding, whom she plays in the film, as her red carpet date. As the young athlete grows from rabbit-hunting tyke (Mckenna Grace) to brace-faced teen (Robbie), she also finds her love life blossoming when she meets (and too quickly marries) mustached goof Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan).

Allison Janney makes an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, on Thursday (December 7), to chat about her role in her new film, I, Tonya! She went on to win a silver medal at the Olympics the following month.

'I just wanted to give her a hug, because back when we first heard about this story we were told what to think about her and we were told she was a villain. "And I think people come away with a lot more compassion for her".

Before I, Tonya hits Los Angeles and NY theaters tomorrow, take a look at what the critics have to say about the film! "The lively and lurid film has solid commercial legs under it and marks a rebound for Gillespie, who has yet to match his lovable breakout film, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, but is definitely earning his right to keep trying".

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Though Kerrigan, 48, has yet to see I, Tonya, it has already received the stamp of approval from Harding. The movie revels in the sheer woeful ghastly comic horror of what went on during the lead-up to the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer - the smashed knee of Nancy Kerrigan, the whole scheme to undermine her that was even more cracked.

Margot Robbie and Tonya Harding on the red carpet.

Robbie is fearless in a career-best performance playing a polarizing cult celebrity and "the Charles Barkley of figure skating", who stood out from the pack because of her brusque manner and triple axel. "You'll laugh till it hurts".

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

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.

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