Nominated for three Golden Globes, including best picture in the musical or comedy category, I, Tonya tells the darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie, nominated for her performance) and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. In a Slant exclusive, director Craig Gillespie, composer Peter Nashel, and music supervisor Susan Jacobs discuss the importance music played in capturing this American underdog story in a new behind-the-scenes featurette. At one point, they reveal how their requests for music rights were initially met with resistance. “[Artists] didn’t want their music used in a Tonya Harding film,” Jacobs says, adding that she was able to change their minds by convincing them to actually watch the film.
Watch the exclusive featurette below:
The I, Tonya soundtrack, out tomorrow, features Peter Nashel’s score along with iconic pop classics by Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, En Vogue, and more. I, Tonya, distributed by Neon, is in theaters now.