During the shoot of American History X, Norton and first-time feature director Tony Kaye had a prickly relationship, but it wasn't until post-production that their relationship was irreparably severed. After turning in a rough cut of the movie to the studio, Kaye wanted to keep editing until it was just under 90 minutes. Norton and some others on the production thought Kaye cut too much and ruined the movie, and Norton lobbied the studio to let him re-cut the film. The movie, as-is, was sent to film festivals, angering Kaye to the point that he asked the Director's Guild to remove his name from American History X and replace it with "Humpty Dumpty." At this point, editor Jerry Greenbert and Norton were allowed to re-cut the movie, and that's the one that was released. The star got his way, prompting Kaye to take out several ads in Hollywood trade papers criticizing Norton. Kaye also publicly labeled Norton "a narcissistic dilettante who raped the film."