Hands up: who checked Twitter on Tuesday night and uttered some version of the phrase, “Why the [insert preferred expletive] is Mel Gibson trending?”

The reason is because the “Braveheart” star, currently in Ottawa filming his Santa-themed movie “Fatman”, was spotted taking in an Ottawa Senators game.

As Inside Ottawa reported earlier this month, the Oscar-winning actor-director has been in Ottawa since January working on the holiday film, in which he stars as “an unorthodox Santa Claus who is fighting for his declining business.”

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Photos and video were posted on Tuesday night of Gibson watching the game with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, apparently as his guest.

As a result, #MelGibson began trending on Twitter, not just for his attendance at the game but also, apparently, for his Santa-like beard.

The whole thing led to the usual flurry of Twitter hilarity. Here’s a sampling:

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