Love it when Hollywood nails the casting of a legendary athlete. Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta. James Caan as Brian Piccolo. Will Smith as Muhammed Ali. And Wolf of Wall Street leading lady Margot Robbie as ….. Tonya Harding??? That’s actually happening.
The 25-year old Australian actress is portraying the 45-year old disgraced figure skater and celebrity boxer. And I’m already having a tough time with this.
Margot Robbie is the one who could convince Leo’s Jordan Belfort to leave his wife for her. Tonya Harding is the one who asked loser Jeff Gillooly to hit Nancy Kerrigan with a pipe for her.
Robbie is one of the most beautiful people on the planet. To put it in proper context, last year I asked Gronk about his celebrity crush. The 24/7 party who could be with millions of women… Named her.
I’m all for Hollywood magic and the suspension of disbelief… But I mean, come on!! Who’s going to play Kerrigan – Jessica Alba or Minka Kelly? I suppose Channing Tatum will play Gillooly. When the movie gets to Tonya’s boxing career… I say Kate Upton should play Paula Jones. You gotta be kidding me.
Real life public figures are hard enough to portray already. But Meryl Streep can do Margaret Thatcher. Jamie Foxx can crush Ray Charles. Even right now Cuba Gooding is a great Juice. Because at least they’re in the same ballpark physically. This would be like saying The Rock is going to do a movie playing Stan Van Gundy.
I get it- beautiful people want to be known for their craft. Charlize Theron made her mark by gaining weight, shaving her eyebrows and wearing fake teeth. I’m sure Margot Robbie really liked this story. We all do. It’s pretty much the reason the masses still care about figure skating. And I know Hollywood can do quite a bit with special effects and make up. But there’s no way in hell, they make her look like Tonya.
Margot Robbie probably wants an Oscar, and if she can convincingly play Tonya Harding- she deserves one. But she’s going to have to hit this performance out of the park. In fact – she’s going to have to… PUT IT IN THE GROUND.
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