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Red Carpet Rundown: The Hobbit Draws Out Benedict Cumberbatch In Velvet

European premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

Red carpet premieres for films with primarily male casts tend to be a bit dull. Without a movie star in a giant frothy ball gown, what’s the point? But that guideline goes right out the window in certain situations, namely when Benedict Cumberbatch is involved. At last night’s Berlin premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we got a fascinating parade of good-looking men in smart suits (usually blue), and a rare glimpse of Sherlock Holmes in velvet.

Evangeline Lilly European premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'


As the lone lady star in attendance, Evangeline Lilly had to do all the heavy lifting in a black silk tulle Alberta Ferretti from Fall 2013.

Evangeline Lilly The Hobbit premiere europe

You might not know this about me, but I am a sucker for tiers of pleated tulle. How much fun does this dress look to walk around in? I would swish everywhere, picking up all the dust and not giving any fucks because I would look like the evil queen in Snow White.

The makeup I’m not sold on. Evangeline Lilly normally glows, and here she looks washed out. This makeup would probably look good with a brightly colored dress, but when paired with the black she just looks wan.

The red nail polish is great.

Martin Freeman European Premiere of The HObbit

We almost had a heart attack because we thought darling Martin Freeman was wearing a three-piece denim suit.

orlando bloom the hobbit premiere europe

Orlando Bloom‘s tiny, shiny suit is not rubbing us the right way. The peaked lapel and pocket piping makes him look like he’s wearing formal pajamas.

Aidan Turner The Hobbit premiere europe

Check out Aidan Turner in his bright blue suit. Blue appears to have been on the menu last night. We like to imagine a Hobbit actor lunch table caucus: “On Mondays, we wear blue!”

Richard Armitage The Hobbit europe premiere

Richard Armitage is smokey. Bonus points for the tie pin.

John Bell The Hobbit European Premiere

John Bell wore Doc Martens and a kilt. For some reason we find his curly blonde leg hair strangely charming. He seems like a fun guy to hang out with.

Sylvester McCoy The Hobbit Europe Premiere

So does Sylvester McCoy, whose suit is huge but he is rocking the look anyway.

luke evans the hobbit premiere europe

Luke Evans is a rebel, because he is wearing purple. Could these guys bring vests back? It seems unlikely, but we appreciate the effort.

Andy Serkis the Hobbit europe premiere

Andy Serkis wore a cool red tie. It’s OK if you don’t recognize Andy Serkis, because he’s Gollum.

And then there’s Benedict Cumberbatch …

Benedict Cumberbatch the Hobbit europe premiere

Benedict Cumberbatch is wearing blue velvet. And a bow tie. OK, fess up. Which of you found a magic genie lamp this morning?

Benedict Cumberbatch the Hobbit europe premiere

Go behind this big dragon poster with you? Sure, we’ll do that.

Benedict Cumberbatch the Hobbit europe premiere

We could just post these pictures all day. We probably will.

Benedict Cumberbatch the Hobbit europe premiere


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  • ascholarsparrot

    Well, now I know what I’ll be looking at instead of getting work done today….

  • Hillary

    This gorgeous gorgeous man in blue velvet…

  • Char

    Cumberbatch is a vision!