Will Smith

Will Smith

"Will actually went as far as getting in touch with Eric Holder and the Obama administration trying to see if we could get some kind of release. He was very politely told that was not possible"

Will Smith reached out to U.S. President Barack Obama as he attempted to help rapper T.I. find a way out of his legal troubles following his 2007 arrest for weapons possession.

The Live Your Life hitmaker was sentenced to a year and a day behind bars after he was caught with an arsenal of guns in an undercover sting operation in 2009.

But he had his celebrity supporters.

T.I. reveals the Men In Black actor, who had executive produced his 2006 drama ATL, had done his best to aid his pal and even attempted to flex his political clout by contacting Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to intervene in the rapper's case.

He tells Billboard magazine, "Will actually went as far as getting in touch with Eric Holder and the Obama administration trying to see if we could get some kind of release. He was very politely told that was not possible".