Luke Dedicates “Hobbit” Role to Paul Walker

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Luke Evans honors Paul Walker, plus other pictures from the world premiere of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Dec 3, 2013 | 09:07 PM

Although Luke Evans had a lot to celebrate last night, he took a moment on the way to the world premiere of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” to pay tribute to his late friend, Paul Walker.

The British actor was shocked to learn of the tragic death of Paul Walker, who died in a car crash on Saturday. He was only 40 years old.

Luke took a moment to share his feelings about Paul’s passing on the red carpet last night, explaining to E! News that "[Paul] was just a really down to earth, cool guy. He was warm, just very kind."

"He just gave off a really great energy," he continued. "He surrounded himself with wonderful people. That says something about who you are. His friends and family were always surrounding him. They are the ones I send my love to this evening."

Luke was joined on the red carpet by his other “Hobbit” co-stars, including Martin Freeman, Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, and director Peter Jackson. Notably absent was Sir Ian McKellen, who is currently starring in “Waiting for Godot” and “No Man’s Land” on Broadway and promoting “The Hobbit” in New York City.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" hits theaters in the U.S. on December 13.

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