Hear 'Tonya Harding,' the Sufjan Stevens song the biopic turned down

I Tonya comes out in theatres Dec. 22 2017

I Tonya comes out in theatres Dec. 22 2017

The 47-year-old former ice skater joined Margot Robbie, who portrays Harding in the film, in front of the sea of photographers stationed on the red carpet.

The pair were all smiles as they posed together. Harding wore a floor-length black gown with orange accents, while Robbie wore a glittering dress by Versace. "But maybe I could be a good back-up, stand-in for them perhaps, I'm not quite at professional level yet".

Even Allison Janney, who plays Harding's mom in the film, had the same response.

I, Tonya director Craig Gillespie previously opened up about the movie in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly.

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Sufjan goes on to explain how the song has been years in the making, but he ultimately refrained from keeping the "puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs" from his earlier drafts of the song because he "began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this odd and magnificent America hero". It's actually Tonya's story. "I'm trying to get stronger in my legs.' She's like, 'Forget that, worry about your core strength.' I was like, 'OK, I'll do more sit ups, '" Robbie recalled, adding that she did at least 100 sit ups a day". "I wanted to see her as a human being", he said.

I, Tonya hits theaters December 8.

The figure skater achieved sporting notoriety in the 90s after her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and her bodyguard Shawn Eckhardt hired Shane Stant to break the leg of Tonya's main figure skating rival Nancy Kerrigan, in an attempt to stop her competing in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. She was subsequently banned from the sport for life after pleading guilty to hindering authorities' investigation into the incident. He also shared a video for the D major version, set to footage of Harding's performance at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

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