Sufjan Stevens Shares New Song "Tonya Harding" About the 1990s Figure Skater

Sufjan Stevens Shares New Song

Margot stars alongside, Sebastian Stan, who plays Harding's ex-husband in the film, as well as, Allison Janney, 58, who portrays Harding's mother.

Stevens demonstrated his fascination with Harding by releasing two versions of the song, called "Tonya Harding", in different keys, D major and Eb major, that detail her captivating story.

Margot Robbie struck a pose with disgraced former figure skater Tonya Harding at the Los Angeles premiere of "I, Tonya" on Tuesday. "She's a complicated subject for a song partly because the hard facts of her life are so odd, disputable, heroic, unprecedented, and indelibly American".

Photo: Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie attend NEON and 30WEST Present the Los Angeles Premiere of I, Tonya on December 5, 2017. In one of the biggest scandals in sports history, her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, and bodyguard hired a hitman to injure Nancy Kerrigan seven weeks before the 1994 Winter Olympics.

The makeup department on the film also used wigs, prosthetics (to show weight gain), fake braces and Harding's signature black eyeliner on Robbie to help her channel the troubled former athlete, especially during skating match and interview scenes. She was subsequently banned from the sport for life after pleading guilty to hindering authorities' investigation into the incident.

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Weeks after the attack, Kerrigan went on to win a silver medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics.

"I've been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I first saw her skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1991", he writes. "I not only made her lips narrower but I dragged down the corners of her mouth".

In order to get in tip top shape for her role, Robbie spoke directly with Harding, who gave her some valuable advice.

"I got my initial ideas while walking around at night on the set of Gotham", Elfman previously said of his inspiration for the film's score. While looking into her life, Stevens started to revere her: "I 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".

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