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We talked with the Oscar nominee about physical and psychological violence, the role of Tarantino and life without love.

On February 1, the black comedy “Tonya against all”, which brought Margot Robbie an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, starts in Russian cinemas. Margot played the real heroine – figure skating star Tonya Harding. And this is by no means the story of a Disney princess. There is an episode in the film when the coach blames the mother of little Tony for the outward rudeness of the girl: “She looks like she’s chopping wood in the morning.” “She’s chopping!” She shrugs. This is a story about a provincial simpleton with great talent, even greater perseverance and a great desire to be loved. It’s also the story of a global scandal that centered on Tonya when her husband and his best friend launched an attack on her main rival.

We met with the actress to discuss what she found in such a heroine, as well as talk about her production ambitions and the use of sexuality.

– The Story Tony Harding is one of the biggest sports scandals in history. Is it true that before filming you did not know anything about her?

– It seems to me that almost everyone in America, England and Australia who is at least a couple of years older than me is very familiar with this story. In America, of course, at that time she was in all the news. I had never heard of Ton and other participants in those events before. In addition, I was generally not familiar with the world of figure skating. But, despite all this, when I read the script, it incredibly inspired and inspired me. Therefore, I suppose that even if someone, like me, completely missed that scandal, the film may still be liked.

“Tonya against all”
“Tonya against all”
– In Russia, by the way, there are a lot of figure skating fans. Our skaters are real stars, they appear on the covers, people follow their personal lives.

– Oh sure! The best skaters have always been from Russia. Oh my god, what was the name of that amazing pair of skaters – Russian champions? I can’t remember the names now, although I saw so many of their incredible performances …

– If we talk about the main characters of the film, the characters are, to put it mildly, ambiguous. And, despite this, you managed to make the audience empathize with them, and make their story very human. When you look at your Tonya, the main goal is obvious to the viewer …

“And what do you think it is?”

– Become a favorite.

– Exactly! It is very important that you feel it. For any character I play, I try to find motivation. For the film as a whole, for each scene and for each cue. I prescribe their motivation next to each line in the script. Of course, this changes from cue to cue, but the main thing that directs all Tony’s actions is a thirst for warmth and love, which she did not receive from her mother. This thirst for her found a way out in the desire to gain recognition at all costs in figure skating. I think it was her version of the American dream.

“Tonya against all”
“Tonya against all”
– You yourself didn’t do figure skating before filming? Was it hard to learn all this?

– Yes, I did not do figure skating as a child. However, when I just moved to America, I joined the amateur hockey team, as I loved the film “The Mighty Ducks” as a child. I put on my roller blades, picked up a field hockey stick and tried my best to play something as close as possible to hockey. I always loved ice hockey, but the level of my ice skating skills ended with playing in an amateur team. So I had to learn a lot for the filming of Tone. Even the skates for hockey and figure skating are completely different. And, of course, I didn’t have any protections here, so when I made a mistake, it was painful. In fact, I had to start from scratch when it comes to figure skating. Thank goodness I had some excellent and very patient trainers. Of course, I got a lot of bruises and bumps, plus the most terrible blisters in the world, and also a herniated disc on my neck … But it was worth it.

“Tonya against all”
“Tonya against all”
– You did many tricks yourself, but there were visual effects, where a professional athlete digitally replaced your face with yours. How did you pull this with a budget of just over 10 million?

– Yes, we had a very limited budget and very little time to use special effects. It was lucky that our director Craig Gillespie had worked in the world of advertising for a long time, managed to acquire connections with special effects studios and generally knew what to do and how. It looked like this: I am doing some kind of jump, at this time someone is standing on the ice behind me and holding a small piece of a blue screen. Craig gives me directions: “Look there, look here. Okay, filmed, let’s move on! ”I told him:“ Wait a minute, are you sure? Is that all? ”And he:“ Believe me, I can do everything right from this. ” I was in shock. When we shot Suicide Squad, I had to do a full body scan for 40 minutes.

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