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Black Mirror star Will Poulter announces Twitter hiatus after Bandersnatch backlash

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Jan 3, 2019

Bandersnatch actor Will Poulter announced that he would be taking a break from Twitter after he received abuse on the social media site over his involvement in the Black Mirror movie. Poulter's physical appearance was reportedly critcized by a number of viewers on social media. Poulter said his main reason for taking a break was to focus on the betterment of his state of mind.

WARNING! The following contains certain spoilers for Bandersnatch!

"I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has watched Bandersnatch and for their responses (whatever they may be) to the material we created. I accept all criticisms and it's been a delight to learn that so many of you enjoyed what many people worked hard to produce!" wrote Poulter, who turns 26 later this month. "As we all know, there is a balance to be struck in our engagements with social media. 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."

Poulter's character in Bandersnatch is Colin Ritman, a popular video game developer in 1984 who serves as a role model and mentor for the main character of Stefan Butler (Fionn Whitehead). When Stefan begins to struggle with adapting the eponymous fantasy novel into a game, Colin opens his mind by giving him a tab of LSD.

While both of them are tripping hard on acid, the viewer has the choice to make Ritman jump out a window to his death. Near the end of the film, when Stefan has completely lost his grip on reality, Colin comes to check up on his colleague. After killing Stefan's father, one can choose to kill Ritman as well. Should you choose this path, the story concludes with the main hero in jail for his murders, completely insane.

"I don't want to appear unappreciative of all the amazing support I have received online for which I am amazingly grateful, nor do I want my disengagement with social media to be at the expense of any of the orginizations I am lucky to for and with," Poulter continued, mentioning the Anti-Bullying Program, the Blueprint Theatre Company, Leap Confronting Conflict, and May Measurement Month. "I am privileged to have this platform. 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."

The actor's message concluded with a cheeky reference to the Choose Your Own Adventure format of Bandersnatch: "This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path. With love, Will."

Fans of the film can actually play one of Colin Ritman's games, Nohzdyve, on the official website of the movie's fictional gaming company/developer, Tuckersoft.


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