I, TONYA. BASED ON IRONY FREE, WILDLY CONTRADICTORY, TOTALLY 1
TRUE INTERVIEWS WITH TONYA HARDING AND JEFF GILLOOLY.
INT. TONYA HARDING’S HOME -KITCHEN -DAY 2
Tonya Harding. Former Olympic Figure Skater.
Present day TONYA HARDING, 44, overweight with the samehaircut she had in 1994, glares warily into the camera.
INT. NANCY’S TANNING AND HAIR SALON -DAY 3
Jeff Gillooly. Tonya Harding’s ex-husband.
JEFF (GILLOOLY) STONE, middle aged, nondescript, glancessuspiciously at a boom over his head.
That’s very close, by the way...
INT. LAVONA HARDING HOME -LIVING ROOM -DAY 4
Lavona Harding. Tonya Harding’s mother.
LAVONA (HARDING) GOLDEN, 70’s, wears a moulting half fur coatand A LIVE BIRD on her shoulder. She talks to her bird.
This is my little man. You my
little man? (Then to camera) That’s
my 6th husband right there. The
best of them!
HOME MOVIES -HARDING FRONT LAWN -DAY 40 YEARS EARLIER 5
Grainy home movie film. Lavona’s husband Al Harding plays
with 3 year old Tonya. Lavona is disinterested.
Tonya’s my 5th child from husbandnumber 4. She was always a handfulbut I loved her and I guess wespoiled her. Which is a goddamnedhat trick when you haven’t got shityour entire life. Still.
LAVONA (V.O.) (CONT'D)
I drove her to competitions andpractices. I sewed her all hercostumes.
6 CLOSE ON MODERN DAY LAVONA. 6
But to her, her mother’s a monster.
7 INT. RAWLINSON’S HOUSE -LIVING ROOM -DAY 7
Diane Rawlinson. Tonya Harding’s coach
DIANE RAWINSON, late 60’s, sits in her well appointed livingroom with a studied grace. She’d fit in any Ralph Lauren ad.
Generally people either love Tonyaor are not big fans. Like peopleeither love America or are not bigfans. Tonya was totally American.
8 INT. TELEVISION SCREEN -DAY 8
Shawn Eckardt. Tonya Harding’s ex-bodyguard.
On a TV screen marked ‘Evidence’ a late 1990’s interview with
SHAWN ECKARDT, obese and delusional. Not a good combination.
Originally Jeff and Tonya wanted totake out Nancy Kerrigan. Take herout. I popped up and said there’sother ways to disable people. So.
9 INT. MARTIN MADDOX’S NEWSROOM OFFICE -DAY 9
Title card -Martin Maddox. Hard Copy Reporter 1989-1998.
MARTIN MADDOX, oily personified, relishes being on camera.
I was a reporter for Hard Copy, a
crappy show all the ‘legitimate’
news outlets looked down on-then
He laughs at his own joke.
10 INT. NAIL SALON -DAY -CLOSE ON MODERN DAY JEFF 10
At 27 I was the most hated man in
America. Maybe the world-with a
moustache I still can’t apologize
enough for. My name was a verb.
Like, if you bash someone in the
kneecap, you ‘Gillooly’ them...
That was cool though.
11 INT. TONYA’S HOUSE -DAY -CLOSE ON: MODERN DAY TONYA 11
What’s people’s impression of me?
That I’m a real person. That I
didn’ ever apologize for growin’ up
poor or bein’ a red neck which is
what I am. In a sport where the
friggin’ judges want you to be this
old-timey version of what a woman’s
supposed to be. Um. For bein’ the
first U.S. woman to land a triple
axel. So fuck ‘em.
12 INT. PRACTICE ICE RINK -OREGON -DAY 12
A TITLE CARD READS: Portland Oregon. 40 YEARS EARLIER.
Tonya, just 3 1/2, in a home made skating outfit and skates,
stands on the ice with Lavona, who wears sneakers.
They watch DIANE RAWINSON, pretty, perfect, teaching a group ofskaters.
Lavona, puffing on a cigarette, sizes Diane up.