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MFF Random Observation: Kate & Leopold foreshadowed Hugh Jackman’s career as Wolverine

February 11, 2016

We here at MFF love randomness. We have random awards, random podcast questions and random posts that revolve around John Travolta smoking cigarettes. So, it is only natural that when I discover an incredible link between Kate & Leopold and the rest of Hugh Jackman’s filmography I need to share it. The following post examines how a tiny film about about a time traveling Aristocrat has extreme (not really) parallels to a beloved actors career.

Sit back, relax and be prepared to have your mind blown!

I am going to start with three Wolverine facts and work my way into some deeper cuts involving the films Butter and Eddie the Eagle.

  1. Hugh Jackman is related to Leiv Schreiber in Kate & Leopold and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (cue dramatic music)

In Kate & Leopold Leiv Schreiber plays a distant relative who time travels with Jackman from 1876 to 2001. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Schreiber plays Jackman’s half-brother and they kill many people from 1845 to 2009. They’ve covered a lot of ground and time together whilst being related. You might need a few minutes to digest this information because it is amazing (not really).

They also appeared in the soul crushing Movie 43. Their segments were different but Jackman’s is the most memorable because he literally has balls attached to his neck.

Wolverine and Kate and Leopold


2. James Mangold directed Kate & Leopold and The Wolverine 

The two remained friends after K&L and Mangold stepped in to direct The Wolverine after Darren Aronofsky dropped out. I think Kate & Leopold might be the better movie.



3. Time Travel has played a big part in Hugh Jackman’s career

Leopold found himself transported from 1876 to 2001. In X-Men: Days of Future Past Wolverine traveled from 2023 to 1973 in order to save the world. I love that his time traveling shenanigans started with K&L and continued through to Days of Future Past. 

Jackman also finds himself in several different time periods in The Fountain but that is open to viewer interpretation .

Time Travel


4. Leopold isn’t happy when he is asked to peddle pond scum butter in K&L.  In 2013 he found himself sculpting butter in the movie Butter.

The guy went from promoting to sculpting butter. No other actor on the planet can say this.



5. Hugh Jackman and his K&L costar have both fake cinematic orgasms in movies taking place in the 1980s. (this one is a stretch)

In the wonderful film Eddie the Eagle Jackman lets loose with a full on fake orgasm to inspire Eddie. One has to wonder if Meg Ryan had some tips after her stellar performance in When Harry Met Sally (she probably didn’t). Also, according to the film’s timelines they both took place in the 1980s.

Eddie the Eagle Hugh Jackman


There you have it! Kate & Leopold still haunts Hugh Jackman and this is proof!



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