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Museum stars salute Robin Williams

The stars of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, including Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens and Sir Ben Kingsley, paid tribute to their late co-star Robin Williams at the film's European premiere.

Wilson, who returns as "little cowboy" Jedediah in the third instalment of the comedy series, was amongst the cast who described the night as "a celebration" to the funnyman, who played former US president Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt in the films.

The movie is one of Williams' final works. The comedian was found dead at his home in Tiburon, northern California, on August 11. A coroner later ruled his death was suicide resulting from asphyxia due to hanging.

"He had a great sense of humour, a real kindness and humility. For someone who could have so easily carried himself as a bigshot, he never did," Marley And Me star Wilson said on the blue carpet outside London's Empire Cinema.

"He was always a warm and curious person."

Former Downton Abbey star Stevens, who joins the cast as Sir Lancelot, added: "He's just an amazing man to have met.

"He's one of my heroes and one of Ben's heroes growing up and was such an inspiration to us all. He had a spirit of play and was a big kid so we are going to celebrate tonight as much as we can."

Sir Ben, who plays Egyptian Pharaoh Merenkahre, said Williams had "dignity, wisdom, a unique charm and sense of humour," while Australian actress Rebel Wilson, who portrays a security guard, revealed she got to forge a bond with the comic during filming.

"I got to hang out with him when we were shooting the movie in London. I feel very blessed to have had the chance to talk about comedy and movies with him," she recalled.

The Pitch Perfect star continued: "He's so warm and so kind. Not a lot of comedians are like that but he was a kind and warm-hearted guy."

Stiller, who has reprised his role as night guard Larry Daley, earlier said that being around Williams was a joy.

The 49-year-old actor said: "This was the only chance I ever had to work with him. So every time we go to work together on this movie franchise I was always excited.

"He was very generous and kind, and would make everyone feel as if they were an equal and it was fun to be around him and have him treat you that way, but in reality under the surface I was always just a fan.

"So I feel really lucky to have had that time with him and to be in the movies with him. And it's great that the movies exist, but for me it's the experience that I'll always take away."

Gervais, who is back as museum curator Dr McPhee, added: "He was fantastic. I met him as an icon but he soon became a friend. He was so down-to-earth and would spend all his time making you feel good. A remarkable man."

Director Shawn Levy said the funnyman brought "humility" to the set, along with his own brand of humour.

"He was very funny. You never know what he's going to do every day to be funny but he also brought such heart and such warmth and it's something we are so grateful for."

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, which opens in UK cinemas on December 19, sees Larry and his friends head to the British Museum to save the magical powers of the Tablet of Ahkmenrah.

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