Nov 3rd 2016 by HIGHzurrer • 41 Questions • 1095 Points
My name is Igor Vovkovinskiy. I am a proud Ukrainian, who lives in the US, for medical reasons. I was named the Tallest Living man in 2010 by the Guinness Book of World Records on the Dr. Oz show. And it so happens that after Leonid Stadnyk died in 2014, I became the Tallest Ukrainian. I did an AMA about 2-3 years ago, however, tons of people on Reddit are asking me the same questions, so I would like to do it again.
I know many people don't know how to Google :) so I'll tell you, my height is 7ft 8.33in and you want to know my weight? Well, my friends, it's none of your business! :) Haha
I will be posting some photos during the AMA, when I choose to do so, however, please do not request photos.
Let's do this.
Thank you all for the questions. I must go. If you wish, you can follow me on Twitter, @Igor2tall I am sorry if I didn't answer your question, or didn't answer it the way you wanted it answered. A couple quick facts. I love to watch MMA, huge UFC fan. I love my homeland, Ukraine, Слава Україні! I love fishing and reading. PC Games, I love Fallout 3 & 4, wish I could get Battlefield 1, but it's way too expensive, and I don't have an income, so that's out of the question. Have a great Sunday!
UPDATE 1 - 10/30/2016 - 11:30PM Central Time LADIES & GENTLEMEN!! I am still fairly new to Reddit, so I am not sure how to keep updating you. I think, perhaps, updating the OP is best? Your response has been overwhelming. Thank you soooo much for all the kind words, suggestions, offers of help. I can't keep track of anything. I will try to answer as many questions as I can. http://i.imgur.com/cdmKp1M.jpg
I loved the short story (and will be going to Arrival opening night) so much but it is just that, a short story. Was it hard adapting such a short story into a feature length film? What did do to avoid just putting new narratives in for the sake of filler?
I just wanna say I’m a huge fan and love all of your stuff, but I gotta say my favorite is The Fall. It’s one of my favorite movies of all time, it’s just so beautiful visually and in its storytelling.
What was your favorite part about working on a film like that? What was the most challenging?
How would you plan on handling the homeless issue downtown and down state Street? Also crimes regarding drug users in those areas?
How often do you hit your head on chandeliers?
Excellent question. I was lucky enough to have Ted as a resource while I wrote it on spec, and the biggest hurdle was to infuse the movie with conflict and dramatic escalation -- aspects not needed in the story because it was built as a literary piece. So we had to make sure the new "organ" of the geo-political panic wasn't rejected by the "host" of the core story.
Thankfully (and also regrettably) current events continued to prove to us that something like this would freak everyone out. And if the public weren't given any clear answers about the alien visitors, they'd invent their own worst-case ones.
That was an incredible experience. The whole thing. We traveled to awesome places. Camped in mountains.... just incredible
Perhaps one of the biggest things I think we can do to improve this situation by passing Medicaid expansion - a medical condition shouldn't mean financial ruin.
I would also work with state, county, and local governments to address on the ground issues related to crime.
Finally, I want to make sure that those with addiction and mental health problems have access to the resources they need to get clean and re-enter society.
ohhh jeez...when I go to visit someone, pretty much every time I will hit my head on one of the light fixtures
If individual counties cannot raise the money to offset the cost of free transportation on red air days, will the state step in to offset the cost? will UTA fares be expected to rise? or are those counties just out of luck?
Do you ever go to the mall of America?
There is book store there where I think I may come across your path a number of years ago. Short story, as I was looking down thumbing through a book I saw this ginormous foot step next to mine. So I look up to see a mountain of a man. I can only guess this was you, because this gentleman was huge. Pulling books off the the top display shelves with ease, which would have taken anyone else a ladder.
Quite impressive anyway. Have a good weekend.
With the mast majority of Utahns affected by red air days, and with UTA serving multiple counties, I do feel that the state can play a role in helping to ensure that the air remains as clean as possible. I would support assisting UTA as necessary.
haha, yeah probably me, I would always go to the Barnes & Noble at the MoA.
Thanks for the answer! One last question... how did you pronounce Matthijs' name? My name is Matthias and I've always been curious to how similar they sounded.
What are your thoughts on a manned mission to Mars and it's possible colonization? And, would you ever consider playing an astronaut in a movie?
I wanna go to mars. Seriously. If i could get a spot on that ship, I'm gone.
I saw Arrival at TIFF and it blew me away. My question is, after spending a decade or more getting a film made, how do you feel when you watch the finished product? Are you at all able to sit back and experience the film as any audience member would?
Hi Lee! Since you're working on a podcast now, what podcasts do you enjoy listening to?
The best way I can describe seeing the final film is: Relief. Just a deep sense of relief down to my bones.
Hi Lee! Being the avid environmentalist that I am, my first question is who or what inspired you to become involved with conservation/CI?
As Governor, do you plan on having a racially diverse cabinet?
Do you know what caused your great height? Was it a tumour on the pituitary gland, like many other extremely tall individuals?
There are a core of Scientists at the center of CI whose work i really respect
Yes, having a racially diverse cabinet is very important to me. I know from my 30 year business career, that having diversity of opinions leads to more robust discussions and better outcomes. I am always seeking input from diverse communities, my campaign even has a diversity team that is working hard every day to reach out to ALL communities.
yes, a tumor.
HEISSERER! Scully here. Bless. <3 I'm always a sucker for how much autobiography goes into a script, whether it's theme, certain characters, or elements of the story (or even all of the above), so I'm curious-- How much of you is in the script, and how did it end up manifesting?
Do you like horror movies?
Private incarceration hasn't been a thing in Utah since 2010.
Do you want/need a short sidekick? Where shall I send my resumé?
I found a lot of Louise's qualities reminded me of my wife, in terms of character traits and mental acuity. I wrote a good portion of the early drafts while Christine was out of town producing episodes of the show she was on. Occasionally I could visit her, but during the weeks we were apart, writing this script was a way for me to be closer to her. She actually never knew that, I don't think.
i saw a couple this weekend that i liked The Green Room. It follows.
Yes, and I would also focus on ending the school-to-prison pipeline.
Yes, I need someone to help me fight crime. Send your resume to my twitter @Igor2tall
I'm not monogamous to any one genre. In fact I've written nearly 60 feature screenplays at this point in my career, and less than ten of them have been horror. (A lot have been science fiction, admittedly.) It's just a matter of what a studio is willing to risk. And more often than not, they will make something they already own -- a franchise, or a branded book, etc.
I wanted to do something other than horror so badly, I had to direct a drama to break out.
I recently read that you've committed yourself to writing one spec script per year. Considering how that's worked out for you (and for people like Max Landis), do you think the spec script market is starting to return to its Shane-Black-in-the-90s level, or do you think you're an anomaly?
Also, are you mentally preparing yourself to go from "niche horror writer" to "award-nominated prestige writer"? How's that going?
Hi Lee! My question is, would you ever consider doing one of these audio dramas again?
Well, I can say I write a spec a year, I don't know if I'll ever SELL a spec a year. I'm not sure we'll ever get back to the 90s days when a courier walked into the Carolco offices with a three million dollar check and asked, "Whose script is this for again?"
The "niche horror writer" is just what the public has seen. They haven't seen the fantasy scripts I wrote, or the action adventures, the dramatic TV pilots, the Danish film adaptations, or any of the other 50 projects that never got made. So I guess I will shake my head at "prestige writer" the same way I do with the other labels. You gotta write what you love, ya know?
A question for the ages. If I had to choose only one, In-n-Out. But I can't be burger-monogamous.
Happy Halloween! Im running with some friends from Conservation International and Maasai Wilderness Trust.
I was reaching 7ft 2in in 12th grade
yes! The most annoying this is that 99% of people think that they are the first person to think of that question.
Excellent. Sometimes foggy, but great right now.
Have you ever been asked by to get an item on the high shelves while in a store?
yes, quite often. Usually by older people. They are always very nice about it. I'm happy to help.
Do you have a record of your progression of growth? Has it been constant or have there been phases where you shot up a lot?
not really. Never kept a written record. But I'll tell you this Thecpoepoe, at 7 years old, I was 6ft tall
How big is your bed? Also (sorry if your uncomfortable with this) how does the sex work?
my bed is about 9ft by 6ft. Well... I read a book about sex, I can send you an amazon link if you want. :)
What does a 7ft 8 inch man do for a career and how has your height helped/hindered your work life?
I haven't been able to have a normal work life, I haven't worked in a traditional setting since 2005, mostly because I had to have so many surgeries, but also because I have excrutiating pain in my legs and feet.
Have you ever met the shortest man in America? If so, what was it like?
nope, never met the shortest person, however in college I had a little person in one of my classes, she was about 3ft 8in. It felt strange, but I never dwell on things like that, because I'm sure she is sick of people starring at her, just like I am sick of it.
Growing up in Austin, Minnesota I remember seeing TV reports about you. I was happy that you immigrated to this country so you could receive medical treatment.
Since I have to ask a question, what is your favorite NFL team?
Hello!! Well... if I say anything else, my house will be egged, so Minnesota Vikings!! No, but really, I like the Vikes.
not my choice, it's what I had to have at the time to heal my feet
my mother is about 5ft 6in, and my dad is about 6ft
What is the one thing you wish you would be able to experience that you can't because of your height? And also as a fellow Ukrainian living in western country does people ever comment when you make бутерброд? If you do so of course :)
I want to be able to just get into a car and drive. Right now, I desperately need to replace my vehicle. But Ford will not answer my tweets nor my calls. None of the dealers in MN, WI, or IL have the Ford Transit passenger van in the size I am looking for. I can't fit into any other type of vehicles.
Я себе сделал бутерброд час назад, украинский хлеб и кровянка. Так вкусно! Здесь люди не понимают кровянку.
Have you done or have you ever been asked to do any kind of film or television work? With all the new Star Wars movies coming, I'd bet they'll need a really tall guy to play....something.
Are you married? If you are, how tall is your wife? Do you care about the height of the women you date? How tall was the tallest women you've dated and how short was the shortest?
Also, how have you modified your living spaces to be more comfortable? I know my parents have their kitchen counters raised and it's really nice.
I am not married. Most women I've dated have been above 6ft, some taller than 6ft 6in.
We built our home with some things modified, our doors are tall, I have a large shower, and our ceilings are tall. I have a specially made bed, about 9ft long and 6ft wide
70's 80's 90's Rock. Tom Petty, Clapton, Eagles, John Mellencamp, Doors, Nirvana, stuff like that