Over the past couple of years, along with the esophageal close calls, Karpovsky has established himself as an indie film fixture with his writing, directing, and acting. He’s also become recognizable to a mainstream audience thanks to a regular role on HBO’s Girls (he plays the increasingly likable jerk Ray Ploshansky), and he’ll be in the Coen brothers’ next movie, Inside Llewyn Davis. Right now, Karpovsky is promoting his own most recent film, Red Flag—which he wrote, directed, and stars in—as well as Stephen Gurewitz’s Marvin Seth and Stanley, in which he stars.(1)
Perhaps because Cohen has steadily built a reputation, rather than bursting onto the scene, the launch was a casual affair. More a gathering of friends—Cohen seemed to know almost everyone present personally—than the overstuffed bash one would expect for the author of a book feted just last week in the New York Times by Dwight Garner.
Alex Karpovsky is everywhere right now. Along with being a series regular on Lena Dunham's new HBO series Girls (he also appeared in her first feature, Tiny Furniture), he continues to be a strong presence in independent cinema, acting, directing, and writing.
Known mainly for his offhandedly dry comedic sensibility, Karpovsky has come up with a surprise. Rubberneck, his fourth feature, co-written with Garth Donovan, is a psychologically twisted intense thriller, reminiscent of some of the great 70s paranoid anti-hero films. It's a portrait of an isolated man and his increasing psychosis, as his social connection disintegrates, bit by bit, leaving him alone and unprotected. Rubberneck glories in the thriller genre, and features standout performances by all of the leads.