Drake Doremus took a moment to reflect on the death of Anton Yelchin, who was the star of the director's 2011 romantic drama, Like Crazy.
At the premiere for his latest film, Equals, at the Arclight Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, the 32-year-old director had nothing but good things to say about Yelchin.
"Anton was so special and so unique, and so funny," Doremus told ET's Katie Krause. "I mean there's just nobody like him and to lose him so soon is a huge tragedy for industry and for film making."
While the evening was meant to celebrate Doremus' latest directorial achievement, the 27-year-old Star Trek Beyond actor's tragic passing from a car accident last month hung heavy on his mind.
"It’s really hard even to be here tonight and to think about celebrate making films," he admitted. "That was what he was so passionate about. We've done so many Q and As here together, and to be back tonight -- he's on our minds and will be all night."
As for working with Yelchin on Like Crazy, which also starred Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence, Doremus has nothing but great memories from the experience. "It was a very special family we had on that movie and he will always be family and he'll always be our little brother," he said, "and we miss him so much."
Doreumus' latest work, Equals, is a sci-fi-romance starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. The film hits theaters on July 15.