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And the updates continue! Below you can read an article Los Angeles Times did on ‘I, Tonya’, the film premiere and the following Q&A’s the cast did. I’ve also attached a video at the bottom of the post, and you can find 3 stunning portraits in our gallery here of Margot, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney.

(LA TIMES) – among the most anticipated premieres of the Toronto International Film Festival’s first weekend was Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie as notorious figure skater Tonya Harding. In part the anticipation was so high simply because few people knew what to expect from the movie: Would it be a satirical farce about tabloid-sordid events or a more dramatic look at Harding’s troubled life? The answer is yes.

Written by Steven Rogers and also starring Sebastian Stan as Harding’s husband Jeff Gillooly and Allison Janney as Harding’s mother, LaVona Golden, the movie finds unforeseen nuance in a story that many might assume they already know too well.

“I, Tonya” opens with a card that declares it to be based on “irony free, wildly contradictory, totally true” interviews with Harding and Gillooly, and goes on to make the most of the conceit. Events unfold and are then smudged just enough by obviously unreliable narrators to cast doubt as to who really knew what and when regarding the infamous attack on Harding’s rival Nancy Kerrigan.

The film’s unusual tone finds plenty of wicked humor in the story but explores a deep, unexpected sense of pathos as Harding was rejected by the establishment of figure skating for her working-class background and hard-charging style. The way in which events spiral beyond Harding’s control shifts from absurdity to tragedy, as Robbie conveys the disappointment of watching a lifelong dream fizzle out.

In a Q&A after the film, Gillespie said it was Rogers’ script that drew him to the project, as “it was such a dance between obviously the humor and the emotion … to take these characters we know so well in the public eye and really get a deeper sense of who they are as people and what motivated them — and the choices and the mistakes they made along the way — just made for a really compelling story.”

Robbie noted that she was struck by how the movie “kind of became a really weird love story.”

She added of shooting one scene of many in which Harding and Gillooly argue and fight, “that ended up being my favorite scene because I forgot that I was acting completely…. Nothing makes me more exhilarated, when I genuinely forget that, I forget where I am.”

The U.S. rights to the movie were initially acquired by Miramax in 2016, but have been put back on the market at the festival.

The film would be a prime candidate for any distributor looking to bolster its awards season slate, as Fox Searchlight did last year when it acquired Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” out of the festival, and went on to earn an Oscar nomination for star Natalie Portman. If “I, Tonya” sneaks into this year’s race, Robbie, Stan and — in particular — Janney would all be considered competitive in acting categories, as would Rogers’ script in original screenplay.

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We continue the string of different studio visits Margot and the ‘I, Tonya’ cast did during the weekend, and up next is Vanity Fair! During the festival, Margot has revealed that she actually didn’t know who Tonya Harding was before making this film. Maybe not so strange, considering she was about 4 years old when it happened – and she lived on a different continent. To VF, she explained how she went down an Internet rabbit hole of research to study every YouTube video of Harding she could find. Read more below, and you will find a beautiful portrait in our photo gallery here.

(Vanity Fair) – For millions of people, Nancy Kerrigan being attacked in January 1994 was a defining cultural moment and one of the most high-profile scandals in the history of American sports. But for Margot Robbie, the Australian actress who plays Tonya Harding in the upcoming Craig Gillespie-directed indie, I, Tonya, the controversy was totally foreign.

“I think I was about four years old when the incident took place,” the 27-year-old actress told Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith on Friday, hours before the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. “I was in Australia and totally unaware of the whole incident and the crazy controversy.”

“To be honest, when I read the script, I didn’t know who Tonya Harding was, and I didn’t realize it was a true story,” Robbie went on. (Steven Rogers wrote the screenplay.) “I thought it was entirely fictionalized and our writer Steve was so creative to come up with the quirky characters and absurd incidents.”

Robbie signed on to both star in and produce the project, diving down an Internet rabbit hole of research to study every YouTube video of Harding she could find. Robbie also underwent an elaborate makeover. The film’s hair and makeup team transformed the actress multiple times so she could convincingly portray Harding at a variety of ages, from 15 to 44. To round out the preparation, Robbie trained for four months with choreographer Sarah Kawahara—who, ironically, once worked with Kerrigan—hoping to elevate her leisure-skating skills so that she could realistically approximate the two-time Olympian.

“I played ice hockey at one point, but this was a whole new world of pain,” Robbie said, adding that she suffered a herniated disk in her neck while preparing for the role. One unforgettable moment during filming made Robbie realize just how talented Harding was—and how sad it was that her athletic talents were overshadowed by the attack on Kerrigan, which was partially masterminded by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly.

“I don’t think I ever really appreciated [her talent] until we were figuring out how we were going to shoot the triple axel in the film,” Robbie said. The film’s director and producers assumed they could just hire a skate double to complete the stunt—even though Harding was the first American woman to perform a triple axel in competition. (After all, hadn’t the sport progressed significantly in the 23 years since the incident?) Then they were told that only six women in history had completed that complicated jump in competition—and none could double for Harding. (The filmmakers ultimately had to use visual effects to complete the scene.)

Gillespie has said that he hopes to humanize Harding with the film, showing that the figure skater, who had a tumultuous relationship with her mother, had lived a story much more tragic and complicated than what the media portrayed in its narrative.

Harding was aware of the film from the start, since Rogers had commissioned her life rights and interviewed both Harding and Gillooly before writing the script. After finishing the film, Gillespie, Rogers, and Robbie screened the movie for Harding, who was moved to both tears and laughter.

“I think it is a lot for someone to have the most traumatic events of their life encompassed in a two-hour film,” Robbie said. “I feel like you have to be very brave to let someone do that. I don’t know if I could do that, and she handled it incredibly.”

“I don’t know what I was expecting, but I had spent so many hours watching her every interview and every bit of skating,” Robbie said of her meeting with Harding. “I feel like I had done nothing but watch and listen to Tonya for the last year—so it was really weird to see that person literally in front of me. It was a bizarre experience. She was so kind. I was taken aback by how worried she was about me, weirdly. After all the things she has been through, she just kept asking if I was O.K.”

I, Tonya, which does not yet have a release date, co-stars Allison Janney as Harding’s mother, Julianne Nicholson as her coach, and Sebastian Stan as her ex-husband.

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During the Toronto International Film Festival, Margot and her co-stars will visit several different studios, do to interviews and portrait sessions for various magazines and websites. One of the many they dropped by was “The Wrap”, and below you can read their article! I have also added three beautiful portraits to our photo gallery.

(The Wrap) – ‘I, Tonya’ Star Margot Robbie Feared Movie’s Domestic Violence Was ‘Pushed Too Far’. “We actually spoke about the domestic violence a lot before shooting,” the “Suicide Squad” actress tells TheWrap.

In Miramax’s “I, Tonya,” Margot Robbie stars as disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who became a household name after her ex-husband and bodyguard orchestrated a physical attack on her main competitor. But unbeknownst to many, Harding was also the victim of her ex’s violence.

“We actually spoke about the domestic violence a lot before shooting and especially when casting our Jeff,” Robbie told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly. “It was so hard to find the person who could make the violence not seem premeditated and more reactionary, which is what Sebastian [Stan] did.”

Robbie, who also produced the film, was concerned that they had gone too far in telling the domestic violence angle of Harding’s story.

“All the way through preproduction, all the way through shooting — ‘Have we lost the audience now? Have we pushed too far? Is he still redeemable? Is she still redeemable?” she said. “Like, where is that line and how do we kind of walk along it?’”

She believes that breaking the fourth wall and having her character talk directly to the audience helped solve that problem. “I think, in that way, people were, like, ‘She’s fine. She’s talking to us.’ So it was a little easier to handle.”

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We’re being blessed with several new images of Margot this weekend, and continuing on from our gallery updates yesterday, I have no added the cast portraits! They were photographed for both Buzzfeed and People Entertainment, and there’s a total of 5 new shoots in our gallery. Shoot number #005 deserves a special mention, as it includes Margot with a puppy – it doesn’t get cuter than that! Dive in on the links below to check them out for yourself…

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Hello Margot fans! We bring you a very exclusive gift… Additional outtakes from the gorgeous photo session Margot did for V magazine back in 2013! We ask you to please do not remove the tag.

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Hello Margot fans! Our gallery has been recently updated with new outtakes from Margot’s photo sessions for Look! Salzburg and Glamour Mexico, all taken this year. Another new addition is one outtake of the Suicide Squad cast for Empire’s September issue. Enjoy the adds!

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We’ve got our hands on some exclusive outtakes from Oyster magazine and we knew we needed to share with you guys, as they are absolutely stunning! Along with these exclusive outtakes, we’ve also added to our gallery three outtakes from Margot’s and The Legend of Tarzan cast photoshoot taken by Kurt Isvarinko and one outtake from Calvin Klein. Enjoy!

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Hello Margot fans! We have a little surprise for you– we have added to our gallery additional photoshoots of Margot, taken from 2013 t0 2016! Along with the additions, we also replaced a couple of outtakes with bigger versions. Enjoy!

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