The Batman Begins star spoke at the UK premiere of The A-Team on Tuesday, calling the move "deplorable".
He told BBC News: "I think the decision is… the word deplorable comes to mind. We have to do something about it. We need movies. It's a powerful industry that provides a credible entertainment for millions of people and I think it is wrong, I just think it is wrong for the government [to do this].
"I know we need to tighten our belts but not with our movie council. They can't, we need it. It is a lifeblood for any culture."
The Council had a budget of £15m to spend on British films.
Director Mike Leigh also attacked the decision, saying: "It's from left of field in a very sudden and devastating way."