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Why Nancy Kerrigan Hasn't Seen I, Tonya Yet

Nancy Kerrigan

Margot Robbie's new movie I, Tonya deals with one of the most famous incidents in the history of sports, but the person who was the target of said incident hasn't gotten around to seeing the film yet and it doesn't appear likely that she'll be making a point to change that. Nancy Kerrigan was recently asked about the Golden Globe-winning film, but she says she hasn't followed the film at all, and didn't even watch the awards show, as she's had other things going on in her life. According to Kerrigan...

I really have nothing to say about it. I haven't seen anything. I haven't watched anything. I've been busy. I was at the national [figure skating] championships this week so I didn't watch the Golden Globes. I haven't seen the movie. I'm just busy living my life.

It seems clear from Nancy Kerrigan's comments to the Boston Globe that while she was the target and the victim of the attack that attempted to keep her out of the 1994 Winter Olympics, that's the extent of how she views the entire event. While the incident took on a life of its own almost as soon as it happened, Kerrigan doesn't really feel like she's part of it only because she was the victim.

Certainly, I, Tonya, the movie starring Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, isn't about Kerrigan. In the grand scheme of things, the role played by Caitlin Carver is but a small part of the story, as the film is really about Harding's life, the relationship with her mother, and the events that led up to, and followed from, the attack itself.

While it isn't too surprising that Nancy Kerrigan isn't looking to have much to do with I, Tonya, it also isn't that surprising that people would be curious what her feelings are on the film. While her role in the entire affair might have been small overall, she was also a very public figure at the time and the story of the attack is no less sensational now than it was then, which is why people have decided to make a movie about it in the first place.

Regardless of the film's accuracy regarding it's depiction of the events, it seems clear that I, Tonya is a well-made film. It was nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes, as well as Best Actress for Margot Robbie's portrayal of Tonya Harding. It walked away with one award, Best Supporting Actress, for Allison Janney's performance as Harding's mother.

The next big step is to see what the Academy Awards have in store for I, Tonya. While Nancy Kerrigan may be trying to keep her distance from the film, a big night at the Oscars could make that difficult.

Dirk Libbey
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