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Nearly 15 years after American History X made him a Hollywood pariah, Tony Kaye has returned to feature films with the star-studded Detachment. So what's changed?

Some are born great, some have greatness thrust upon them – and some do all they can to stop greatness happening to them. Such has been the fate of Tony Kaye, the wunderkind of 1980s British advertising whose grandiose cinematic ambitions have been repeatedly scuppered by his legendary eccentricities. This, after all, is the man who thought it was a good idea to wander the streets of New York wearing an Osama bin Laden costume straight after 9/11.

Consequently, the backstory of this charismatic film-maker is littered with lost projects, unfinished films and epic rows. He has only completed two feature-length films: 1998's American History X, a study of a skinhead racist that got Edward Norton an Oscar nomination; and 2006's Lake of Fire, an acclaimed two-and-a-half »

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