'You can't help but reflect on your own life,' New Canaan actor says about his film 'The Climb'

It seems we all have that one friend. The one who seems to create problems for the others, but who we keep around for some reason.

Michael Angelo Covino plays that friend in "The Climb," which he also wrote and directed. The film opened Nov. 13 at select theaters nationwide. Southwestern Connecticut residents will see some recognizable things, such as the New Canaan football helmet Covino dons in one scene. He was quarterback when the Rams won back-to-back state championships in the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

Football was one of his dreams. The other was making cinema. After first attending Fordham to study business, and taking classes at Lincoln Center when his gridiron schedule allowed, Covino transferred to Occidental in California, where he played football and studied filmmaking.

Covino, 35, plays Mike, the friend at the root of challenges that end up shared with longtime friend, Kyle, played by Kyle Marvin, whom he met shooting a commercial in New York City 11 years ago and began working with.