Martin Shaw as Chauvelin
"I’ve got a little trick of my own which I often pass on to other actors who aren’t used to guns. When you fire a weapon that fires blanks, there’s no recoil; but with a real weapon, there is recoil. So when I fire a blank pistol, I always put in a fake recoil to make it look more realistic…"
The Scarlet Pimpernel - The Official Guide (1999)