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Viggo Mortensen's sick style

Viggo Mortensen didn't let his illness show when feeling unwell in a wardrobe fitting for The Two Faces of January.

The American actor starred as suave Chester MacFarland in 1960s-set The Two Faces of January, which co-starred Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

While Viggo enjoyed wearing fashion pieces from the swinging era, the process of finding suitable attire wasn't as fun.

Hollywood costume designer Steven Noble has revealed what a joy Viggo was to work with; even in times of crisis.

"Viggo Mortensen was a delight to work with on The Two Faces of January," Steven smiled to esquire.co.uk. "There was one occasion where I had a fitting with him in Barcelona but Viggo had just come down with a fever and was completely delirious. He was sweating buckets and he confessed to his girlfriend afterwards that he hadn’t a clue what he was trying on, but he remained professional to the core. I wasn’t aware how bad he was until he confessed to me later that he could have been trying on bin bags for all he’d known."

Throughout his illustrious career Steven has worked with a host of A-list names, including Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley on Never Let Me Go and Natalie Dormer and Sam Claflin on The Riot Club.

His latest work can be seen in the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, with Eddie Redmayne in the lead.

When working on a new project Steven often finds his mind drifts back to other films and incidents which helps inspire him.

"It depends on the job, but one thing that comes to mind is Never Let Me Go. Quite a lot of the inspirations on that film came from bumping into Helena Bonham Carter who was in for fitting on another film late at night. She walked in looking great and it just pinged, it was like: 'That’s it!'” he recalled.

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