‘Bandersnatch’ Actor Attacked By Online Trolls—Decides To Quit Social Media

Netflix closed out 2018 with a game-changing way to engage with viewers with Black Mirror‘s first interactive movie, titled Bandersnatch.

The meta choose-your-own-adventure style film, in which you control the outcome of a numerous pivotal moments, was unleashed on December 28, 2018, and will undoubtedly spawn a slew of other non-passive viewing shows on Netflix.

Unfortunately, what should have been an exciting career milestone for one of the film’s actors, Will Poulter—who plays an enigmatic game developer Colin Ritman—made him quit social media after incessant online bullying.

Poulter was best known previously for portraying Gally in the Maze Runner franchise. The series wrapped on the big screen with the final film, Death Cure.  All three films are now available here.

And like choosing the right path for your health in Maze Runner or making the right choice in Bandersnatch—which intermittently offers home audiences with two options—Poulter chose a path in real life that is right for him and his mental health.

“In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter,” the 25-year-old British actor told his supportive fans.

He responded to the overwhelming responses about the project Bandersnatch.

“I accept all criticisms and it’s been a delight to learn that so many of you enjoyed what many people worked very hard to produce!”

But Poulter decided to change his relationship with social media after trolls incessantly called the actor “ugly” for his appearance on the show, according to BBC.

“There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best avoided. It’s a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media.”

The Maze Runner actor assured followers his decision to cut back is not a permanent one, but rather, “an alternative path,” so as not to disrupt his engagement with various anti-bullying groups like @AntiBullyingPro, Leap Confronting Conflict, and MayMeasure.

Poulter added:

“I hope that this shift to reduce my personal expression and increase the focus on issues that matter will result in a better outcome for everyone.”

Loyal friends in the business supported Poulter’s decision to protect his mental health—including actor John Boyega whose Star Wars costar Kelly Marie Tran was also driven from social media by online trolls.

Boyega wrote:

“Best thing you can do mate. Well done.”

Poulter’s fans appreciated his fortitude in sharing personal struggles.

Here are the images from the tweet with Poulter’s full statement.

Will Poulter
(@PoulterWill/Twitter)

 

Will, we admire and support your decision and wish you much peace.

We’ll be here for you when you’re ready to come back.

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