18 February 2013 7:15 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Before he was Girls' Ray, or "the guy who sleeps next to Lena Dunham" in Tiny Furniture, Alex Karpovsky was writing, directing, and acting in independent films all his own. This week, Tribeca Films releases two of Karpovsky's most recent works: Red Flag, a road-trip comedy starring Karpovsky as himself, and Rubberneck, a psycho-drama starring Karpovsky as an emotionally stunted scientist who seeks revenge on a former lover. Vulture spoke with Karpovsky about both films, playing himself onscreen, and whether or not Ray learned anything in Staten Island on last night's Girls.Rubberneck seems like a departure for you — or at least something audiences won't expect to see you in. What inspired you to make a dark psycho-thriller?Well, one, I love those types of movies. Slow-burning, character-driven, psychosexual thrillers are probably my favorite genre as a viewer. They're hard to pull off; there's a challenge there. I'd always »

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