June 11, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Jude Law is upset. ”The British government enjoys making it as hard as possible to make any films whatsoever,” says the actor. Hey, Jude, why so mad? Turns out the British government’s recent abrupt closing of a loophole that granted tax breaks to folks who invested in independent movies, like ”Bend It Like Beckham” and ”Girl With a Pearl Earring,” has effectively killed several films — including Law’s 17th-century romance ”Tulip Fever.” While U.K. Film Council spokesman Ian Thomson points out, ”Having a government that supports the film industry is not a right — it’s a benefit,” Law isn’t mincing words. ”They say we’re this incredibly creative, artistic nation,” he says, ”but they just make it virtually impossible to do anything creative or artistic.” Fever indeed.

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