Although Margot Robbie trained extensively for the role, she was not able to perform a triple axel, nor could a skating double be found to do so, as very few women figure skaters are able to perform the jump. Producer Tom Ackerley stated, "There has been only six women since Tonya Harding who have done a triple axel, even if there was one who was doing it today, she'd be training for the Olympics and couldn't risk doing it for the film." The jump was accomplished with the use of visual effects.
Allison Janney had seriously trained to become a figure skater throughout her childhood and adolescence. However, when she was 17, she accidentally walked into a sliding glass door and gravely injured her right leg. In 2014, during an interview on "Fresh Air," Janney told interviewer Terry Gross that her leg came close to being amputated. "I lost like three-quarters of my blood. I lost an artery and cut tendon....I was in the hospital for like seven--seven, eight weeks. I missed my first year of college. You know, and after that, of course, I didn't really--I didn't skate for a very long time."
To prevent damaging her hair, Margot Robbie wore wigs as Tonya Harding. Surprisingly, the hair team used beer to achieve the "crunchy" permed look when regular hair products did not produce the desired result.
Not being a "bird" person in particular, Allison Janney had some difficulty adapting to having one perched on her shoulder for so many of her scenes. The production had to "audition" three different birds before settling on one they nicknamed "Little Man," the least hyperactive of the lot.
Steven Rogers never had experience interviewing a real-life subject before the film. He initially called Tonya Harding's agent to obtain the life rights to her story and got a Motel 6. When he finally tracked her down, he found her extremely forthcoming over a two-day interview. Harding did not feel like she had anything to lose at that point.
Although a member of an amateur ice hockey league, Margot Robbie did not have that much skating experience before taking on the role of Tonya Harding.
Sebastian Stan met with Jeff Gillooly two weeks before shooting began to get some perspective.
Writer Steven Rogers, a long-time friend of Allison Janney, wrote the role of Lavona Golden with Janney in mind. He had written several roles for Janney in the past, but other actresses ended up getting those parts. She later thanked Rogers in her acceptance speech for the Best Supporting Actress award at the 75th Golden Globes for convincing her to take the part. Janney would also go on to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film.
Nancy Kerrigan stated in interviews relating to her Dancing with the Stars (2005) appearance that she would not be seeing this movie, despite not knowing how much of it would feature her, saying, "I already lived through that."
Margot Robbie mentioned in an interview that she had met the real Tonya Harding before shooting of this movie started. Together they talked about the difficulties Margot Robbie had with her ice skating training sessions. Tonya was really nice in trying to help her, according to Margot Robbie. She was worried Robbie would get hurt during training and suggested she could teach her some techniques at the ice skating hall near Tonya's home. Unfortunately Robbie didn't bring her ice skates along to the meeting with Tonya Harding, so they unfortunately never skated together.
Steven Rogers' script was featured on the 2016 Black List of the most-liked, unproduced scripts of the year.
Margot Robbie's Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar-nominated performance was the only one in the category not in a Best Picture nominee that year.
Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan portray redneck Americans, but neither actor is American. Robbie is Australian and Stan is Romanian.
Sarah Kawahara choreographed Nancy Kerrigan, the ice skater Jeff Gillooly aimed to attack. Kawahara also helped Robbie train for her role.
This film was the "first runner-up" at the People's Choice Award of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
According to Allison Janney, an effort was made by screen writer Steven Rogers to track down Tonya Harding's mother, but they had no luck. Unbeknownst to the production crew, Lavona Golden was being tracked down for an interview for Access Hollywood.
Sebastian Stan has blue eyes but wore brown contacts to match Jeff Gillooly's eye color.
In 1993, director Craig Gillespie directed a Campbell's Soup ad starring Nancy Kerrigan.
At the wedding, Tonya and Jeff smash cake into each others face. To the superstitious, this is a bad omen.
The movie wrapped filming on March 10, 2017, according to Margot Robbie's Instagram account.
The song "Gloria", by Laura Branigan, was featured in this movie. The original Italian version of the song was featured in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), also starring Margot Robbie.
When Tonya Harding performed the triple axle at the 1991 Nationals, her routine was choreographed to Danny Elfman's theme for Batman (1989). Margot Robbie, who played Harding in this film, played Batman villain Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016).
This film was one of two movies released in 2017 to feature "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac on their soundtrack. The other was Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).
Sebastian Stan stars in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies as Bucky Barnes, whose best friend is Steve Rogers. This film was written by screenwriter Steven Rogers.