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Anton Yelchin’s ‘Like Crazy’ Director Drake Doremus Pays Tribute to the ‘One of a Kind’ Actor

"Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus said Yelchin taught him "what being a humble and hard working artist is all about."

Drake Doremus and Anton Yelchin

Drake Doremus and Anton Yelchin

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The shocking, tragic death of Anton Yelchin at the age of 27 led “Like Crazy” director Drake Doremus to share how he remembered the talented young star Sunday.

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“Anton was one of a kind,” Doremus told Variety. “Such an old soul who was one of the most sincere but also funniest people I have ever met.” Yelchin starred as a young student who falls in love with Felicity Jones’s character in the 2011 drama. He died early Sunday morning after being pinned by his car in his driveway.

“He taught me what being a humble and hard working artist is all about,” Doremus said. “His laugh was the best sound in the world, it was so contagious and comforting. He was always up to something to make you laugh especially if you were getting frustrated or being too serious. Anton changed my life in so many ways and I’ll never forget him. Everybody in the ‘Like Crazy’ family wants to send their love to Anton’s family on this incredibly devastating day. Laphroaig is in my glass my friend. Love you Anton.”

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“Like Crazy” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011  Sundance Film Festival. Yelchin’s breakthrough performance came in director J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film “Star Trek.” He also made appearances on several TV shows, including “ER” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” in which he played a young magician who irritates Larry David with an impressive card trick.

In 2011, Yelchin told IndieWire’s Eric Kohn about how fortunate he felt to be an actor. “The reason I say I feel lucky is because I do what I do,” Yelchin said. “I think when you love something and you get the opportunity to do it, and consistently do it and be able to play different characters or great people, you feel lucky.”

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