Ironically, Richard first found fame playing an alcoholic drop-out in cult film Withnail & I, but gets to show a more swashbuckling side playing 18th hero the Scarlet Pimpernel.
The Pimpernel is really a kind of 18th century Batman or Superman figure,'' explains Richard.
It was filmed in Prague and around the Czech Republic with Richard starring as the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel who risks his life to save French aristocrats from execution.
He admits: ``My daughter won't be as impressed with The Scarlet Pimpernel as she was with the Spice Girls film.
Production designer Tim Hutchinson and his team had to transform the Czech capital of Prague into 18th century France for the filming of The Scarlet Pimpernel.