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Samuel L. Jackson Walks London Runway

The catwalk event raised money for cancer charity One For The Boys.

Samuel L Jackson and Paloma Faith

Samuel L. Jackson and Paloma Faith

Photo By Tim Jenkins

The scene at the Big Boys Ball

The scene at the Big Boys Ball

Photo By Tim Jenkins

BOY ZONE: Under the famous full-size cast of a dinosaur at the Natural History Museum in London, Samuel L. Jackson hosted a ball for One For The Boys, a charity that aims to raise awareness of male cancers and encourage discussion about it.

The night's entertainment included performances from Mr. Hudson, who sang his hit song "Young Forever," and Paloma Faith, but it was "The Hobbit" actor Luke Evans who stole the show. After a patron had offered the charity 10,000 pounds (about $16,960 at current exchange) to see the actor sing, he took to the stage and let loose a pitch-perfect rendition of Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" — and received a standing ovation.

Evans' model pal Robert Konjic had had a busy day as London Collections: Men kicked into high gear. "I have been getting changed in the back seat of cars all day," he said. "Not very suave. But I was clever; I started with a three-piece suit, so I had more options to play with."

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Konjic and Evans took part in a catwalk parade with the night's other starry guests, including models David Gandy and Oliver Cheshire; TV presenter George Lamb, who muttered to himself throughout his turn; Simon Pegg; Ben Hudson; Jesse Metcalfe; Bear Grylls; David Walliams, whose camp shenanigans had the crowd giggling; and "Mr Selfridge" actor Jeremy Piven, who attempted a breakdancing-style backbend at the end of the catwalk, then hobbled off after.

“I'm such an overdramatic ham," joked Piven. "I had to bring something to the catwalk that the other boys wouldn't. Or couldn't."

"I whooped the whole time. It was so cool to see him up there," said Cheshire's girlfriend, Pixie Lott, who had never seen him walk the runway. "I get embarrassed and don't let her come to the shows," explained former Calvin Klein underwear model.

Jackson was passionate about the cause. "The fact is, each year, more women are diagnosed with cancer but more men die from it because we're too dumb and too macho to talk about it," said Jackson, the charity's chairman. "I get everything checked, all the time, I want to know what's going on with my body. We can't be afraid of the information."