I've been the Highland Correspondent of The Herald since 1988, covering an area which stretches from Shetland to Kintyre, and Rockall to the Cairngorms, but has only 60% of Glasgow's population. So I have to be concerned with issues relating to transport and remoteness; land reform and conservation; Gaelic and tourism; renewable energy; the odd drop of whisky and the craic.
The effort paid off as he scooped an Oscar and a batch of other awards for his film Argo, in which he starred as CIA agent Tony Mendez.
Now another star of the movie has been highlighted: the Harris Tweed jacket worn by Mr Mendez during the crisis and which he sent to Affleck to wear in the hit film. The jacket is giving the tweed its biggest exposure in decades.