By Michael Slezak
Updated July 14, 2005 at 05:35 PM EDT
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Art imitates life, the old saying goes. But in the case of V for Vendetta, an upcoming comic-book adaptation starring Natalie Portman (left), the scenario was sadly — and frighteningly — reversed, according to a story by Joshua Rich in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The film, about an undercover insurgent who wages a terror campaign against a totalitarian regime, includes a scene of a London Underground car rigged with explosives, a chilling reminder of the July 7 suicide bombings in the city’s subway system. Nonetheless, Ngalo Bowthorpe, spokesperson for London’s official movie agency, told EW that he recognizes ”movies are an art form — they’re fiction, they’re not real.” Read more about the film, and its director’s take on terrorism, in the magazine, which hits newsstands Friday.

In the meantime, should Vendetta (which opens Nov. 4) change the film to be more sensitive to the victims of the bombings? And how should its studio, Warner Bros. (a division of EW parent Time Warner), handle marketing it in the wake of real-life tragedy?

addCredit(“Natalie Portman: Kevin Mazure/WireImage.com”)

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