april 20, 2015
The Victorian city of Ballarat has seen its fair share of tourists over the years as the home of the Eureka Stockade, but today a famous face surprised locals while scouting locations for an upcoming film.
Mel Gibson, who spent his teenage years living and studying acting in Australia, reportedly ordered a burger for lunch at The George Hotel today while discussing potential film sites with his small entourage.
Staff member Lochie Whitaker told News Corp the Oscar-winning actor turned director was friendly but trying to keep a low profile.
"He was really nice, really polite," he said.
"No one really even noticed he was there."
Despite his hopes of laying low, Gibson posed for a photo with Mr Whitaker, which was posted to a friend's Twitter account with the caption
"shook the hand of the man himself and took the photo #melwatch @GeorgeBallarat #omg #hacksawridge #noselfie #doh!"
The #MelWatch hashtag has been adopted by Ballarat locals, however nobody appears to have matched Mr Whitaker's efforts in snagging a photo with the 59-year-old Hollywood star.